The scholarship will be for research into the histories of people of African and/or Caribbean origin or descent in the United Kingdom, making connections between the local and global aspects of British History.
The award is for two weeks’ all-inclusive accommodation at Gladstone’s Library, complete with a travel allowance.
Gladstone’s Library, in the pretty village of Hawarden, just over the Welsh border from Chester, is the UK’s only residential library, founded with the collection of Prime Minister William Gladstone, but now with a collection of over 150,000 items. I’ve been a regular visitor since I moved to North Wales and can vouch for it as a lovely place to read and think.
Through the Gladstone family, the library has its own connections to Black British History and the history of enslavement, making it a peculiarly appropriate place to study these subjects. In recognition of this, the library also offers the Eileen Stamper Scholarship for the study of historical or contemporary slavery, and in 2023, the General scholarship will be reserved for the study of Guyana, to mark the 200th anniversary of the Demerara uprising that began on one of the Gladstone’s plantations in August 1823.
I’m so glad to be able to support research into Black British History in this way, & look forward to learning from many scholars over the years!
For more information about the scholarships and how to apply, click here.