1984 David & Bridget Howlett for the article on Cock Street and Golden Square in Old Hitchin Life, and for the Tilehouse Street and Bridge Street town trails.
1985 Pat Gadd for her research and books, since 1977, on the history of Hitchin.
1986 No award
1987 Diana & Lionel Munby for editing the book Market Town: Hitchin in the 19th century.
1988 Barry West for his contribution as chairman of the Society.
1989 Gerry Tidy for his work in producing the Hitchin Journal.
1990 Scilla Douglas for the book The School on the Hill.
1991 Pat Gadd for work in the study of the history of Hitchin.
1992 Joyce Donald for her book The Mattocke Boys.
1993 Rev. Clifford Offer for the book King Offa in Hitchin and for the organisation of Hitchin 1200.
1994 Brian Limbrick for his work on the first phase of the Hitchin Schools project.
1995 Bob Walmsley for his work, over a long period, on the history of Hitchin.
1996 Margaret Watson for the book St Faith’s Church.
1997 Aud Eastham for her researches in support of three recent HHS books.
1998 Maya Pieris for Take Six Carrots… and the guide A Walk Along Bucklersbury, and the provision of “historic” food at Society events.
1999 Simon & Janet Walker for Simon’s book The Bridewells of Hitchin and for Janet’s co-authorship of A Stroll Round the Village of Walsworth.
2000 Daphne Gibson for her work in illustrating the Society’s publications.
2001 Simon Walker for his book Underground Hitchin.
2002 Dorothy Hughes for revising, editing and the production of Early Education in Hitchin and Hitchin Cameos, and for her input to other Society books.
2003 Robert Prebble for his book Before the Paint Was Dry.
2004 Tony Crosby, Scilla Douglas, Steve Fletcher, Mark Gimson, Bridget Howlett, Pauline Humphries and Simon Walker for the book Jeeves Yard: a dynasty of Hitchin builders and brickmakers.
2005 Bridget Howlett & Val Campion for BH’s book Hitchin Priory Park and for VC’s transcription of Joseph Ransom’s Naturalist’s Notebook, 1804 – 1816.
2006 Derek Wheeler for his book Hodgson & Hankin: a Fishy Tale of Old Hitchin.
2007 Alan Fleck & Phil Howard for AF’s CD-ROM Exploring Hitchin and for PH’s book Take the Train from Hitchin.
2008 Ellie Clarke, Scilla Douglas, Chris Honey, Pauline Humphries, Chris Parker, Simon Walker, Brian Worbey and others; & Keith Fitpatrick-Matthews for group authorship of Hitchin Arcade: Then and Now and for KF-P’s work on creating the Society’s website.
2009 Val Campion for her book Pioneering Women: the Origins of Girton College in Hitchin.
2010 John Lucas for his book Phebe’s Hitchin Book: Memories of Life in Regency Hitchin.
2011 Audrey Stewart and Val Taplin for their book Two Minutes to the Station – the Tale of Hitchin’s Victorian Triangle.
2012 Mike Clarke & Richard Whitmore for MC’s book Cold Baths Don’t Work and RW’s DVD A Century of Old Hitchin on Film.
2013 Bridget Howlett for her book Maydencroft: a manor, hunting park, farm and brickworks, near Hitchin.
2014 Stephen Bradford-Best for his book Carriages to Cars: the story of coachbuilders and motor dealers Ralph E Sanders & Sons of Hitchin
2015 Phil Howard in recognition of his work on the fireman’s diary of Frank Fisher, which has resulted in the publication of Fire! Fire! – The Diary of a Hitchin Fireman 1926 to 1929.
2016 The Physic Gardeners David McNamee, Nicky Nicoll and Carola Scupham for their book The Physic Garden in Hitchin: An Illustrated Guide
2017 Pauline Humphries for her tireless work over very many years, especially in publications where she not only authored, researched and edited HHS books, but also ensured every local bookshop stocked them.
2018 Bridget Howlett for the book Discovering More About Hitchin.
2019 Mike Clarke, publications, Bridgett Howlett and Pauline Humphries, editors, for Discovering More About Hitchin. The award included the fourteen authors: Stephen Bradford-Best, Nigel Claydon, Peter Ellis, Alan Fleck, Chris Honey, Bridget Howlett, David Howlett, Christopher Hubbard, Pauline Humphries, Terry Knight, John Lucas, Nadfiisa Sayany, Janet Walker and David Wheeler MBE.
There was no award either in 2020 or in 2021, as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.
2022 Terry Knight for his services to the town of Hitchin and to the Society, of which he is a founder member. His work for the society in many roles has been considerable from its beginnings in 1977. His knowledge of the town’s history is prodigious, and his research thorough and wide-ranging.