Dr Annebella Pollen has been awarded £165,000 of AHRC funding over two years.
26 Nov 2014
Dr Annebella Pollen has won £165,000 funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to take up the role of Principal Investigator on the project 'Picturesqueness in Everything: The Visual and Material Culture of British Woodcraft Groups, 1916-2016' . The project explores the role of art, craft, design and dress in early twentieth century, radical open-air and pacifist groups including The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, The Woodcraft Folk, and The Order of Woodcraft Chivalry.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Fellowship is worth £165,000 over two years, and Dr Pollen will work with project partners which include the Museum of London, London School of Economics Library, the Sound Archives at the British Library and Whitechapel Art Gallery.
The results of work in progress have already been presented at conferences in Cardiff, Oxford and Helsinki and the final outcomes are planned to include a national exhibition, as well as publications and events. It will also establish a new archive of oral histories and photographs.
Dr Pollen said: “I began researching woodcraft history in 2011 after my daughter became a member of The Woodcraft Folk. I then began locating surviving artefacts and papers in archives and interviewing woodcraft group members. I was awarded a University of Brighton research sabbatical in 2013-14 to develop this further. The AHRC Fellowship will enable me the time and funds to finalise and disseminate my research."