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Story Intervention with the National Trust at Hatchlands Park

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Exploring Frances Boscawen and her 'Bluestocking’ Connections: Story Intervention with the National Trust at Hatchlands Park

Applicants are sought for an exciting research, public engagement and knowledge exchange opportunity with the National Trust at Hatchlands Park.

Hatchlands Park was home to Frances ‘Fanny’ Boscawen. A close friend of Elizabeth Montagu and Dr Samuel Johnson, and a mentor to Hannah More, Fanny was an early member of the Bluestocking group. Through their letters and diaries we know that this group met regularly at Hatchlands.

The property team at Hatchlands is eager to work with a team of University of Oxford researchers to expand, highlight and retell the story of Fanny Boscawen and the Bluestockings.

In December 2016, the National Trust launched Challenging Histories, a series of joined-up, research-based programmes of public engagement activity. In 2018, the programme will respond to the centenary of the Representation of the People Act by exploring the histories of the struggle for women’s suffrage and women’s activism represented in National Trust places and collections. This opportunity at Hatchlands will be part of this national programme of events.

Please see the attached documentation for further information (including: Statement of Significance, Project Brief, Spirit of Place document, and briefing notes on the Story Intervention process), and for an application form to apply for these roles. We expect to appoint a team of 3 to 4 researchers.

Please email oliver.cox@humanities.ox.ac.uk with any questions.

The deadline is 2nd October 2017.