The ‘Mary Langman Prize'; is an annual £500 award for an essay that furthers the lessons learnt at the Pioneer Health Centre about the social, emotional and environmental determinants of health. This year's competition is now CLOSED but please visit the website to learn more and register an interest in other initiatives and the 2013/2014 competition.
Further information about the Peckham Experiment is available on the Pioneer Health Foundation website at www.thephf.org
Mary Langman was personal assistant to Dr George Scott Williamson who with Dr Innes Pearse founded the Peckham Experiment. She ran Oakley Farm at Bromley Common which produced organic food for the Experiment, and founded and ran ‘Wholefood’, the ground breaking organic shop in Baker Street, London. She worked closely with Lady Eve Balfour of the Soil Association, and was one of its founder members with George Scott Williamson and Innes Pearse. After Scott Williamson's death, she assisted Innes Pearse in the editing of his papers, put together in the book ‘Science Synthesis and Sanity’.
We believe that the Peckham Experiment, the emergent hypothesis and the findings, bring together a nexus of ideas that are beginning to be seen as central to problems facing society today.
Mary Langman made a generous bequest to the Pioneer Health Foundation and we feel it appropriate to use it in the creation of an intellectual platform and philosophical basis that is rational, ethical and inspired.
The annual Mary Langman prize is awarded for an essay (3000 words) which shows understanding of the principles of the Peckham Experiment and their potential for current application. The award is open to all students studying, or registered as Distance Learning students, at Universities and Higher Education institutions in the U.K. The title of the essay is to be ‘The Relevance of the Peckham Experiment in the 21st Century’.