Programme: History of Art - MPhil/PhD/MSc by Research

Start date: October 2017

Mode of study: Full time

Research title: Loyal Exchange: the material and visual cutlure of Jacobite exile, c.1716-1766

Georgia completed her undergraduate and masters degrees in History at the University of Edinburgh and is glad to be back in a much loved place. Her background is in eighteenth-century British history. Georgia’s MSc dissertation research focused on the expereinces of four elite British women c.1750-1900 and how they used visits to Scotland to engage with a sense of Scottish identity in the context of an increasingly “British” elite society. Having been accepted for the AHRC collaborative project, Georgia is looking forward to continuing research in eighteenth-century material culture whilst gaining more experience in the museum environment and curatorial role.

‘Loyal Exchange: the material and visual culture of Jacobite exile c.1716-1766’, is an AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral partnership project between the University of Edinburgh and National Museums Scotland. It looks at how objects were used to encourage and express loyalty to the exiled Stuart court and their cause to regain the thrones of Britain. Using collections of the National Museums Scotland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, it deals with a range of objects, from court produced portraits and medals, clothing, and relics, to popular produced prints, ceramics, and ribbons. Drawing on the Stuart Papers the project aims to gain a better understanding of the context in which these objects were produced and used, and what they tell us about the relationship between court and supporters. Overall the research aims to further understand ties of loyalty amongst the Jacobites.