Applications Invited for  The Georgian Group/BSECS Dunscombe Colt Research Fellowship at the Bodleian Library

Applications Invited for The Georgian Group/BSECS Dunscombe Colt Research Fellowship at the Bodleian Library

The award, jointly funded by the Georgian Group and the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, is intended to facilitate a one-month research visit by a member of The Georgian Group to the Special Collections of the Bodleian Library in the University of Oxford. Applications will be considered from candidates seeking to research projects relating to the architecture or material culture (for example, sculpture) of the long eighteenth century (1660-1840). The award (£1,500) is part-funded from the proceeds of the bequest from Mrs Armida Dunscombe Colt and is named in her honour.

Eligibility for the award Members of The Georgian Group and BSECS in good standing at the time of application may apply. 

Non-EEA applicants are reminded that to take up fellowships they must hold an appropriate visa.


Fellowships must be taken up in the 2018 calendar year.

Recipients are expected to be in residence in Oxford for one month and are encouraged to take part in the activities of the University of Oxford.

How to apply

Applicants are asked to submit the following items by 27th January 2018:

An application form, with details of what to include, which may be found on the Bodleian Libraries Visiting Fellowships webpage:

Previous holders of the Fellowship:

2014 PETER LINDFIELD, School of Art History, University of St Andrews and Kunsthochschule, University of Kassel. Gothic Histories and Buildings of the Long Eighteenth Century 

2015 DAVID MCKINSTRY, Kellogg College, University of Oxford. Interpreting Urban Italy: English Responses to Post-Antique Architecture in the Early 19th Century

2016 CAROLINE STANFORD, Historian and Head of Engagement, The Landmark Trust, London. Before Coade: The Origins of Artificial Stone in the Long Eighteenth Century.

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The Oak Fund

The Oak Fund

To mark the 80th Anniversary of the Georgian Group, we have established a new fund to support the growing work of our four caseworkers. Named for the symbol most associated with an 80th anniversary, the Oak, we hope that, like the tree, the Fund will grow steadily to help ensure that what we do over the next eighty years achieves as much as the first eight decades.

An oak tree during its life cycle supports so much life and the Georgian Group can do the same for the eighteenth-century built heritage of England and Wales. We do hope that you will feel able to support us in this anniversary year.

In these uncertain times with cutbacks to British heritage occurring throughout
the nation, the beautiful Georgian architectural legacy to this country is
under more threat than ever.

Fundraising for the caseworkers is vital. It is an integral part of our work
and just 16% of the costs are covered by statutory bodies. The Georgian Group,
with the help of you, the members, has to find some £200,000 a year to support
the essential part we play in preserving and enhancing Georgian heritage in
England and Wales. With more money we could achieve even more.
A monthly donation of £80 would support one caseworker plus all costs for a
week; £350 would cover the cost for one month. All contributions will be
gratefully received. Please support us in every way you can.

A form for the Oak Fund can be found here:

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Georgian Papers Online

Georgian Papers Online

Allan Ramsay, State portrait of George III, 1761-2
Allan Ramsay, State portrait of George III, 1761-2Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

The papers of George III and George IV entered the Royal Archives when it was first established in 1914. The survival of this apparently long-lost collection was extremely fortunate: the papers were found in the basement of Apsley House, the London residence of the Duke of Wellington, in 1912, nearly a century after they had been placed there by the first Duke, the principal executor of George IV, labelled 'To be destroyed unread'. Fortunately, this instruction was never carried out and the fourth Duke of Wellington was able to present the papers to King George V.

The re-discovery of this collection means that George III is the first Sovereign whose papers are held in the Royal Archives. Any surviving official papers of earlier monarchs can generally be found in government records held by The National Archives at Kew; however, George I and George II left little in the form of a written legacy. George I in particular had poor command of English and most government business was carried out by word of mouth during the reigns of the first two Sovereigns of the House of Hanover. Nonetheless, in the collection of George III, there is a small amount of his grandfather's and great-grandfather's papers, as well as some belonging to his mother and father, Frederick and Augusta, Prince and Princess of Wales, and his siblings.

The papers of George III form three distinct series: his official papers, his private papers  (which include some Privy Purse accounts) and his correspondence with his siblings and children.  The King’s official papers shed light on political matters and foreign affairs, principally between 1765 and 1810, before his illness forced the establishment of the Regency. In the form of correspondence, ministerial reports, Cabinet meetings and proceedings of Parliament, these records deal with civil, military and ecclesiastical matters, as well as the varied political issues of the time, and all reflect George III's interest and knowledge of such topics. Foreign affairs are particularly well covered by the papers, including such subjects as the American War of Independence, European treaties and alliances, political dealings and trading links with China and relations with Russia and revolutionary France.

George III essays
Pages from George III's essay collection Royal Archives/©Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

George III's private papers, which date between 1755 and 1810, demonstrates the King's wide variety of interests and passions in such diverse subjects as agriculture, science, astronomy, arts and literature . In addition, the King’s essays form an extremely valuable collection which amounts to over 2000 documents. This series, written mostly by George III or by his mentor, Lord Bute, formed an important part of the education of the Prince and future King and demonstrate his wide knowledge and intelligence. These essays are now available on Georgian Papers Online.

The correspondence George III maintained with his immediate family is also preserved in the Royal Archives.  The collection includes relatively few letters from his consort Queen Charlotte as they spent little time apart; however those that do exist bear testimony to their loving marriage. Letters from the King's seven sons and six daughters form a significant collection (the King and Queen had fifteen children in total, although two sons died in infancy) and these illustrate the close relationship the King had with his children and the concern he felt for their welfare and worthy conduct. The family correspondence also contains letters to George III from his royal relatives in Europe.

Regretfully, the papers of Queen Charlotte, consort of George III, were destroyed after her death in 1818. A few of the Queen's account books have survived, which show overall payments to tradesmen for items purchased for both the royal nursery and herself, as well as a very few volumes of her diary from the years 1789 and 1794. Many letters sent by Queen Charlotte, including a significant amount written to her eldest son, the future George IV, have been preserved in the Royal Archives however, and for the first time, all papers relating to Queen Charlotte have been brought together and are now available on Georgian Papers Online. 

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Our Aims and Purpose

The Georgian Group is the national charity dedicated to preserving Georgian buildings and gardens. We were founded in 1937.  

We aim to protect historic buildings through providing advice to owners and architects, campaigning, and through our role as statutory consultees in the planning system. Our annual awards promote excellence in design and conservation. In its casework, the Georgian Group advises councils, church bodies, and others on threats to the historic fabric and setting of structures built between 1700 and 1840.

The Group organises lectures and other events aimed at improving the understanding of aspects of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century built heritage.  We also produce technical advice leaflets, and promote the publication of academic research through our journal.