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Brotherton Fellowship


Scheme overview

The Brotherton Fellowships are designed exclusively for early-career researchers to make use of the Special Collections held within the Brotherton Library. 

Fellows work with any of the Special Collections held within the Brotherton Library. Subject themes covered by Special Collections include business, literature, geography and travel, politics and social history, science and medicine, religion, and Yorkshire. Collections range from artworks, coins, and international textiles to archival, manuscript, multi-media, and printed material on topics as diverse as cookery and food history, the women’s liberation movement, and medieval communities. Scholars working in any discipline are eligible to apply. On completion of their research, the Fellow is required to write a short report on their experience which will be submitted to the funding body, the Brotherton Committee, to contribute to the events programme and to write a blog post to promote the collection and their research, which will be used on the Special Collections and LAHRI websites. Other social media activity is encouraged during the Fellowship and the team in Special Collections will advise on this. The Fellow is also expected to contribute to the Special Collections or relevant subject area’s events programme. 

Blog posts from our previous Brotherton Fellows, Ruth Burton and Leonardo Costantini, outline the work that this scheme supported in 2018. In 2019 we supported Pushpa Kumbhat, and Natalya Din-Kariuki. In 2021 Charlotte Armstrong got to work with the Opera North Archive, and Richard Bellis traced the history of the ‘circulation of bodies and body parts’ by looking at the University’s Medical School Archive. In 2022 Anna Reeve explored the Irene Manton papers, and Elizabeth West based her research on the Norah Smallwood Archive. In 2023 Adam Bridgen worked on poetry of the labouring classes during the first years of the industrial revolution.


Please note the deadline for this round has now passed.