Tratman Award Winners

YearWinnerTitleCommendedJudges and notes
2016Red Rose Cave and Pothole ClubJournal of the Red Rose Cave and Pothole Club (11)The Castleton Mines by Jim Rieuwerts and Phil Wolstenholme;
Irish Speleology (22) edited by Peter Barry and Alasdair Kennedy;
A Spider’s Thread of Shining Silver by Mike Boon and Andy Chapman;
Underground Archaeology by Marion Dowd;
Cave Pearls of Meghalaya edited by Thomas Arbenz
Joe Duxbury, Ric Halliwell, Chris Howes, Alan Jeffreys and Martin Mills

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2015Marion DowdThe Archaeology of Caves in IrelandOne Man One Pan by Michael Adams;
Mines and Minerals of the Mendip Hills by Peter S. Burr;
Cave. Nature and culture by Ralph Crane and Lisa Fletcher;
Northern Sump Index 2015 by Elaine Hill and Adrian Hall;
NPC Journal 2015 edited by Dewi Lloyd;
Underwater Potholer by Duncan Price;
Aerial Ropeways of Shropshire by Michael Shaw, David Poyner and Robert Evans;
Slovene Karst and Caves in the Past by Trevor Shaw and Alenka Cuk
Joe Duxbury, Ric Halliwell, Chris Howes, Alan Jeffreys and Martin Mills

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2014Mark Wright & Robbie ShoneGouffre BergerIrish Speleology (21) edited by Peter Barry and Alasdair Kennedy;
Mining in Cornwall and Devon by Roger Burt and others;
The Journal of York CC & North York Moors CC (2) edited by Matt Ewles and Gary Douthwaite;
The proceedings of NAMHO’s 2011 conference, 50 Years of Mine Exploration edited by Kelvin Lake and David Poyner;
Caves of the Democratic Republic of the Congo by Jean Shaw;
Exploring the Limestones of South Devon by John Wilmut, Chris Proctor and David Jean;
Joe Duxbury, Ric Halliwell, Chris Howes, Alan Jeffreys and Martin Mills


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2013Alan Gray, Rob Taviner & Richard WitcombeMendip Underground‘A Midge-infested, draughtless no-hoper ...’ and ‘We should have gone to Aygill’ by Tim Allen & Frank Pearson;
Irish Speleology (20) edited by Peter Barry & Alasdair Kennedy;
Classic Darksite Diving by Martyn Farr;
Bottoming the Berger – on Ladders by Dave Gill;
Adventurers in the Lead Trade by Jim Rieuwerts;
Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales by Tony Waltham & David Lowe
Joe Duxbury, Alan Jeffreys and Martin Mills

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2012Trevor Shaw & Alenka Cuk Slovene Caves & KarstEarth Colours by Marie Clarke, Neville Gregory and Alan Gray;
CREG Journal (series);
'Bath Stone Quarries' series in Mendip Times by Phil Hendy;
'Three Counties breakthrough' series in Descent by Tim Allen
Alan Jeffreys, Martin Mills, Ric Halliwell and Chris Howes

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2011Alan 'Goon' Jeffreys (ed)Decades in the DarkCaves of the Peak District, by Iain Barker and John Beck;
Sheffield University SS 50th anniversary journal 1961-2011, edited by Rob Middleton;
Shuttleworth Pot into Witches Cave II, edited by Pete Monk;
Aspects of the History of Slovene Karst 1545-2008 by Trevor Shaw.
Ric Halliwell, Chris Howes and Martin Mills

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2010Joint award:
Juan Corrin & Peter Smith (eds);
Jim Hanwell, Duncan Price & Richard Witcombe
Matienzo;
Wookey Hole
Red Rose CPC Journal (10) edited by Paul Swire;
Is That So? edited by Rob Taviner
Chris Howes, Alan Jeffreys, Martin Mills; award changes to presentation trophy

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2009No awardGPF committee
2008Judith Calford & Chris HowesDescentLead Mining in Derbyshire, Vol. 2, by Jim Rieuwerts;
Memoirs of a Moldywarp by Pete Ryder;
Great Caves of the World by Tony Waltham
GPF committee
2007Wessex Cave ClubSwildon's HoleNot for the Faint-Hearted by Mike Cooper;
The Hollow Mountain 1974-2006 by Imperial College CC
GPF committee
2006Graham ProudloveEssential Sources in Cave Science and Subterranean Fishes of the WorldNoneGPF committee
2005No awardGPF committee
2004John Gunn (ed)Encyclopedia of Caves and Karst ScienceNoneGPF committee
2003Jerry Gibbs & Rick StewartMoorland CaverNoneRic Halliwell, Tony Jarratt, Don Mellor
2002Dave Yeandle [posthumously]The Adventures of Another PoohNoneRic Halliwell, Tony Jarratt, Don Mellor
2001Pam & Tim FoggBeneath Our FeetNoneRic Halliwell, Tony Jarratt, Don Mellor
2000Trevor ShawForeign Travellers in the Slovene Karst 1537-1900NoneRic Halliwell, Tony Jarratt, Don Mellor
1999No awardGPF committee
1998No awardGPF committee
1997Chris HowesImages BelowCave Guide to Slovenia by Ian Bishop;
The Caves of Fermanagh and Cavan by Gareth Jones, Gaby Burns, Tim Fogg and John Kelly
Ray Mansfield, Roy Paulson, Nick Williams
1996Paul Peppiatt & Kym PriceUnderground PhotographerNoneRay Mansfield, Roy Paulson, Nick Williams
1995Paul Monico (ed) and the CDGNorthern Sump Index 1995'Long-term Quaternary uplift rates inferred from limestone caves in Sarawak, Malaysia' by Andy Farrant, Pete Smart, Fiona Whitaker and Donald Tarling in Geology Vol 23 (4);
Irish Speleology (15)
Ray Mansfield, Roy Paulson, Nick Williams
1994Yorkshire Subterranean SocietyYSS 3NoneRay Mansfield, Roy Paulson, Nick Williams
1993David Gibson (ed)Cave Radio & Electronics Group JournalNoneRay Mansfield, Roy Paulson, Nick Williams
1992Queen Mary College Speleological ExpeditionBelow BelizeAn Exploration Journal of Llangattwg Mountain by Chelsea SS;
International Caver edited by Tim Stratford;
Who was Aveline Anyway? by Richard Witcombe
Ray Mansfield, Roy Paulson, Nick Williams
1991Martyn FarrThe Darkness Beckons [2nd edition]The Descent Index issues (1)-(100) by Chris Howes;
'A History of the WSG 1950-1990' by Duncan Minty in WSG Bulletin Vol 9 (6);
OUCC Proceedings (13)
Ray Mansfield, Roy Paulson, Nick Williams
1990University of Leeds Speleological AssociationULSA Explorations Journal IINoneRay Mansfield, Roy Paulson, Nick Williams; cash award increased to £50
1989Northern CCThe CaverNoneRay Mansfield, Roy Paulson, Nick Williams
1988No awardGPF committee
1987David Rose & Richard GregsonBeneath the MountainsNoneGPF committee
1986Ray MansfieldCurrent Titles in SpeleologyNoneGPF committee
1985Rob PalmerThe Blue Holes of the BahamasNoneGPF committee
1984David Judson (ed)Caving Practice and EquipmentGaping Gill by Howard BeckGPF committee
1983Ben LyonVenturing UndergroundNoneGPF committee
1982Juan Corrin (ed)Caves & CavingPozu del Xitu expedition report, OUCC Proceedings (10);
Phil Chapman for cave biology articles in Caves & Caving
GPF committee
1981Charlie Self (ed)Caves of County ClareNoneGPF committee
1980Martyn FarrThe Darkness BeckonsNoneGPF committee
1979Steve WorthingtonSheffield USS Expedition to the Tymphe Mountains, Greece [SUSS Journal]NoneGPF committee. Award: £25 cash
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