A new project, directed by Profs.Kate Retford (Birkbeck) and Gordon McMullan (King’s London), entitled ‘Shakespeare in the Royal Collections’, has just been awarded an AHRC grant. It will explore the relationship of Shakespeare and the royal family from 1714 to the present through an investigation of the Shakespeare-related holdings in the Royal Collections. The idea is to unpick the mutually sustaining and legitimating nature of the development of both Shakespeare and the royal family as hegemonic cultural phenomena: what has Shakespeare done for the royals, and what have the royals done for Shakespeare?
The project directors have just advertised for a three year, full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on the project (a second PDRA, working on literature/performance, has already been appointed). This PDRA will work on visual culture, with a focus on eighteenth-century material. As well as contributing to the overall research outputs of the project (including a website, 3D visualisations, a TV documentary and an exhibition at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2021), s/he will write a single-authored monograph concerning Shakespeare-related art and material culture objects in the holdings. These range from paintings, sculptures and prints through to a doll of Portia and boxes made from the ‘Mulberry Tree planted by Shakespeare’.
Candidate will need a PhD in History of Art or cognate field (completed before the start of the role on 1 November), an expertise in eighteenth-century material – and collections-based experience would be very welcome. To view the full advertisement, see here.
The closing date is 14 September.