Bader International Study Centre

BISC

at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

The BADER INTERNATIONAL

STUDY CENTRE

at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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As the four students who have been spending the summer months at the BISC under the Undergraduate Summer Student Research Fellowship scheme (USSRF) enter the final weeks of their time here they shared their work with the BISC community in a series of presentations on Tuesday 19th July.

The aim of the USSRF scheme is to give undergraduate students the opportunity to develop research skills under the supervision of a member of BISC faculty by working on a project linked to the faculty member’s interests.  As they work to develop these projects students gain experience of archival practice, data collection and recording, factual analysis, and report writing.  The skills acquired and developed during their fellowship will enhance their research as they return to main campus and complete their studies.

Angela Wang and Hannah Reid (below) shared with us their work compiling a digital archive to record objects excavated by the Medieval Archaeology Field School that has run at the BISC in recent years and which was overseen in 2016 by Amelia Fairman. 

This is a project that brings together the physical objects found at the various dig sites used by archaeologists and the construction and importance of a stable and comprehensive digital repository for the information derived from those objects. 

Kelsey Jennings (below) discussed her work with Dr Shannon Smith of the BISC and Ann Hale of University of Greenwich on a project to explore and record the commercial background to the magazine publications of George Newnes, founder of The Strand Magazine in the late-19th century. Recalling her work transcribing and analyzing share ownership records in the business, Kelsey addressed the challenges of reading Victorian handwriting, and the often surprising composition of the investors in Newnes’ publishing business.

Alexandra Lloyd (below) then spoke about her work with Dr Jill Kirby on a project analyzing the social phenomenon of people taking in or living as a lodger in 20th century Britain.  The research for this project has seen Alex working directly with many oral histories in the British Library’s Sound Archive, and thinking at length about how individual narratives can add up to form a record of the patterns of peoples’ social and economic lives.

All of the students will be presenting their work as part of a USSRF event in Kingston later this year, and it was clear from their discussions of their work that their time as USSRF holders has helped them to widen their range of research skills and experience.  They have been valued members of the BISC community, and we wish them well in their future studies.

 

Dr Peter Lowe, BISC Research Director