Christoph Bull wins McCulla Memorial Prize
The Local Studies Group is proud to have an award in memory of Dorothy McCulla, described by a local historian as "a most humble, friendly and exceptional person" with "100% enthusiasm for every task". Her devotion to increasing access to Birmingam's history through custodianship of its records is still a relevant example and important legacy for us today.
Dorothy McCulla was the Head of the Local Studies Dept at Birmingham Central Library, a post she held from 1969 until her untimely death in 1981, two days after her 59th birthday.
She had worked at Birmingham since 1940, joining the Birmingham Collection (later local studies) in 1953. Colleagues described her as having a "cheerful and bustling temperament" and being "a delight to know". Outside work, her main interests were horse riding and travelling.
Christoph Bull, retired. Until 2013, Chris was Kent County Council Manager at Dartford Gravesend & Swale Libraries.
Nominations are sought each year for a member of the Group who has made an outstanding contribution to local studies work. The panel look in particular for good overall service provision, innovation and promotional work and the winner receives a cash award and hand-written certificate.
Previous winners of the Dorothy McCulla Memorial Prize.