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Bursary Opportunity - Georgian Papers

By Admin on 22-12-2015

Georgian Papers Programme Fellowships

Invitation to apply for an award of £500 to support original research in the Royal Archives, 2016

King’s College London invites applications for the award of a bursary to support original research on the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle for up to a month.

King’s College London is the lead academic partner for the Georgian Papers Programme, a collaboration with the Royal Archives and Royal Library to shed new light on the Georgian period. The Programme is promoting and developing a research programme in support of the digitisation of some 350,000 pages of original archives, only 15% of which have been published to date.

Fellows will undertake their own research. Fellows will also be invited by staff of the Georgian Papers Programme to share their insights into the collection, and to present a seminar paper to the King’s College London Centre for Enlightenment Studies, the History Department, the War Studies Department or the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine as appropriate.

Successful applicants will have full day access to the Royal Archives but should be aware of the need for ample forward planning to allow for security clearance, the identification and retrieval of material of relevance from vaults (catalogues presently available are limited) and the occasional closures of the Castle.

King’s College London is a recognised hub for the interdisciplinary study of the eighteenth century. The Centre for Enlightenment Studies consists of 25 academics from eight departments and draws on a range of expertise in the field of literature, cultural and intellectual history, science and medicine, music, languages, philosophy and religion, naval and military history. King’s runs a highly successful MA in 18th Century Studies with the British Museum. King’s Department of Digital Humanities and the Archival Service equally have a track record of ground breaking research and delivery in the fields of digital access and data interpretation.

Two awards of £500 each are available in 2016 to support travel and subsistence.

Applications should forward their curriculum vitae and a letter explaining why they believe access to the Royal Archives might be of benefit to their research to Anna Maerker (anna.maerker@kcl.ac.uk).

The Royal Archives will welcome forward enquiries about the likely availability of original archives to specific research topics at oliver.walton@royalcollection.org.uk Applications are welcome from researchers at all stages in their careers and may relate to any relevant discipline.

The closure date for applications is 31 January 2016.
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Bluestocking Circle

The Bluestocking Circle was a group of writers, artists and thinkers who met in the London homes of Elizabeth Montagu, Elizabeth Vesey and Frances Boscawen. These fashionable hostesses invented a new kind of informal sociability and nurtured a sense of intellectual community. The term "bluestocking" evolved from the scholar Benjamin Stillingfleet's decision to abandon formal evening dress and obey Vesey's call to "Come in your blue stockings." Guests included the leading literary, political and cultural figures of the day, including Elizabeth Carter, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, David and Eva Garrick and later Hannah More and Frances Burney.

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