Stephen Copley Research Awards 2023 (Round Two): Awardees Announced

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The BARS Executive Committee established the Stephen Copley bursary scheme in order to support postgraduate and early-career research within the UK. The bursaries primarily fund expenses incurred through travel to libraries and archives necessary for the applicant’s research, alongside other research-focused costs, such as (but not limited to) photocopying, scanning, and childcare. Please do join us in congratulating the very worthy winners [and their projects]:

Jacqueline Kennard (Stirling) – ‘Libraries and Class Identity in Scotland, 1800-1842: The Significance of Libraries in an Industrialising Society’

Rachael McCreanor (Newcastle) – ‘“To think like a wise man, but to express oneself like the common people” – A Revisionist Reading of the Life and Works of Augusta Gregory within the “long” Irish Romantic period’

Will Sherwood (Glasgow) – ‘“I sit beside the fire and think”: J.R.R. Tolkien, British Romanticism, and their Cultural Legacies’

Charlotte Vallis (York) – ‘Mothers of the Fatherland: Gender in the reigns of Elizabeth Petrovna, 1741-1761, and Catherine the Great, 1762-1796’

Once they have completed their research projects, each winner will write a brief report. These reports will be published on the BARS Blog and circulated through our social media. For more information about the bursaries, including reports from past winners, please visit our website:

Dr Gerard McKeever
Bursaries Officer, BARS