Thanks to the genorosity of the estate of Bill Douglas we have been able to offer a number of research stipends to researchers and scholars from all over the world in 2017 and 2018. The maximum award for UK researchers is £500 and for overseas visitors £1500.

Stipend holders receive funding to come and visit the museum in Exeter and research our collections. This will contribute to their books, articles, films or artworks, which will be informed by our holdings. 14 researchers were awarded stipends to visit in 2017 and a further 9 in 2018, looking at a range of artefacts on areas of study well served by our colections. They are asked to submit a blog on their work here for our website.

Awards in 2017 were to:

Dr Jennifer Barnes, Lecturer in Film University of Dundee

Blog on Taylor and Burton as a Shakespearean Couple

 Carolin Beinroth

PhD student in Musicology, University of Giessen, Germany.

Blog Music in early cinema exhibition in Britain

Dr Victoria Byard, lecturer in Television, Falmouth University

Peter Cotes and early British Television Drama

Dr Rudmer Canjels

Independent Cinema researcher, The Netherlands

Blog Cigarette Cards and cinema in Britain

Dr Maria Corrigan

Assistant Professor in Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College, USA

Blog  Charlie Chaplin as a national and global figure

Dr Tiago de Luca

Lecturer in Film, University of Warwick

Blog   Images of the World in Pre-cinema and Early Cinema

Dr Victoria  Duckett, Lecturer in Screen (Film and Media) Deakin University, Australia.

Blog  Sarah Bernhardt and 19th Century Stage Actresses in Early Cinema


Cara Fraser, PhD student, University of Dundee 

Blog Bill Douglas and Bertholt Brecht

Dr Emily Hayes, Honorary Research Associate, Oxford Brookes University

Blog Glimpses of Other Worlds: Victorian geographical and travel magic lantern shows and city guides

Dr Nick Jones, Lecturer in Film, University of York

Blog  Steroscopes and new ways of seeing

Andy Kimpton-Nye, Filmmaker

White working-class youth in British 1970s Cinema: The Bill Douglas, Don Boyd and Gavrik Losey Collections

Blog 'Alienation and Ambition White Working-Class Youth in '70s British Cinema

Prof. Julian McDougall, Professor in Media practice, Bournemouth University

'Comrades' and the Tolpuddle Martyrs story represented in the 'third space'.

Blog  'Comrades and Curators'

Rod McLachlan

Artist and PhD Student, University of the West of England

Using 19th century devices to inspire a new projection device 

Dr Henry K Miller

Film Journalist and Supervisor at the University of Cambridge

Early Art Film exhibition in Britain

Blog In search of the Early Film Art Movement

The stipends awarded in 2018 were to:

Seth Giddings

Associate Professor Digital Design and Art, Winchester School of Art

Toys and visual media

Milan Hain

Assistant Professor, Film Studies  University of Palacky, Czech Republic

David O. Selznick and his contract stars

Birgitta Hosea

Animator and Professor, University of Creative Arts, Farnham

Expanded Animation in Pre-Cinema

Sarah Kelley

PhD candidate, University of Bristol

Promoting Britain in the Jmaes Bond and Harry Potter franchises

Paul Moody

Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, Brunel University

Blog  Gavrik Losey and Don Boyd's work at EMI Films

Jenna Ng

Head Of Interactive Media, University of York

Blog  Virtual Reality and Pre-Cinema

Renu Savant

Filmmaker, India

Rethinking pre and early cinema colonial material on India

Martin Stollery

Independent Scholar and Writer

Blog  Paul Rotha - 'Filmland's Forgotten Man'

Ellen Wright

Senior Lecturer in Cinema and Television History, De Montfort University

Blog  Homes of the Hollywood stars