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Doreen Lightbourn / Lionel Pearman

Every year, the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs gives the Doreen Lightbourn/Lionel Pearman award for original research on an aspect of Bermuda’s history or culture.  Submissions may take the form of a book, a film, a published article, or related media.

Lionel Pearman was an editor and Doreen Lightbourn was a writer for The Worker’s Voice newspaper, which thrived as a result of their hard work and dedication. Mrs. Lightbourn and Mr. Pearman were strong supporters of the BIU and vocal advocates for the rights of working people.  This award honors their joint legacy.

The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Congratulates the winners of the 2009 Doreen Lightbourn / Lionel Pearman Award

Lucinda Spurling for her film
"The Lion and the Mouse"

The Lion and the Mouse is a three-part historical documentary mini-series. Narrated by Michael Douglas, the film commemorates the 400 year birthday of Bermuda in 2009. The film is a mix of interviews with historians, descendents of historical figures and witnesses to history, extensive period dramatizations, battle recreations, archival footage of the 20th century, animations, and contemporary footage

David Chapman for his book
"Daddy and I Explore…Nonsuch Island! - The Living Museum"

The focus of this book is the unique island habitat of the Nonsuch Island nature reserve, its protected flora and fauna and the story of how this “living museum” was created as a showpiece for Bermuda’s natural heritage. Daddy and I Explore… Nonsuch Island! Is designed both as a story book and as a field guide that can be used by young people to explore the outdoors. It is also designed to be used as an educational resource.