English MA student Awarded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship
Posted on 15/06/2012
Reconnecting Sloane: Texts, Images, Objects
King’s English Department has secured funding for three inter-linked Collaborative Doctoral Awards, one of which has been awarded to former MA Eighteenth Century student, Felicity Roberts. These studentships will focus on the collections of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), an extraordinary Enlightenment collector, whose possessions formed the foundational collection of the British Museum in 1752. During the 19th century Sloane’s collections became divided between the British Museum, the Natural History Museum and the British Library. The research projects will explore various aspects of Sloane’s collections in order to understand how his collecting practices were involved in the making of Enlightenment knowledge.
Felicity will begin her PhD (Visualizing Natural Knowledge: Sloane’s Albums of Natural History Drawings) under the supervision of Dr Elizabeth Eger and Dr Kim Sloan (British Museum) on the relationship between ways of visualizing nature in poetry and drawing, exploring the connections between literary and scientific collections of the Enlightenment. We look forward to welcoming Felicity back to the department.
'Reconnecting Sloane: Texts, Images, Objects' aims to reconnect the various parts of Sloane’s collection through a structured programme of collaborative interdisciplinary research between two of London’s leading research universities and three of its major national museums and libraries – it is also a foundational part of a larger cross-institutional project ‘Reconstructing Sloane’, for which Dr Elizabeth Eger and Professor Clare Brant are on the Advisory Board.