The Wallpaper History Society Bursary: The Merryl Huxtable Prize

Information for applicants

The Wallpaper History Society offers a bursary of £1,000 each year to support historical research and/or developments in the conservation of wallcoverings. The prize is offered in memory of Merryl Huxtable, a founder member of the WHS and pioneer in the field of wallpaper conservation.

Applications are welcomed from full- or part-time graduate students studying the history, conservation or development of wallcoverings at a college or university in the United Kingdom at postgraduate level. Researchers based in the UK who have a proven record of publication in this or a related field are also eligible.

The WHS is committed to supporting research projects which contribute to knowledge in the field. For this reason, the bursary is awarded only for original research based largely on primary sources and/or practical conservation work.

In addition to providing an interim report at the half-way point (October), at the end of the year the successful applicant will be required to contribute an illustrated essay of 3-4,000 words to be published in the Society’s triennial journal, The Wallpaper History Review.

All applications are examined by both the Society’s Bursary Committee and by specialist external assessors. The first tranche of the award is made on submission of the interim report in October of the award year, the final part on receipt of the essay in May of the following year.

It is expected that successful applicants will be, or will become members of the Wallpaper History Society.
Applications should be addressed to treasurer@wallpaperhistorysociety.org.uk and should include the following:

• Name and contact details
• Description of the research: This should be between 1000 – 1,500 words in length, and include a brief outline of the intended primary and secondary sources to be used.
• Supporting statement from the applicant’s supervisor/details of previous publications
• Details of other funding secured for the year in which the WHS bursary would be awarded

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 March 2019. The decision of the judges is final and the successful applicant will be notified at the beginning of May in the award year.


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