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John Emmerson Research Fellowship

Apply for the John Emmerson Research Fellowship to research a project on England in the early modern period. You’ll have access to the John Emmerson Collection, which comprises more than 5000 books and pamphlets from the 15th to 18th centuries.

You can explore this collection in Beyond the Book: A digital journey through the treasures of the Emmerson Collection. This digital exhibition uses photogrammetry technology to bring rare collection items to life.

The fellowship includes:

·         $15,000 funding

·         desk space at the Library for 12 months

·         access to collections and Library staff expertise.

Australian and overseas researchers and writers can apply. Please note that there is no additional funding for travel or accommodation.

Funding is based on approximately 3 months of work in the Library. This can be either continuous or broken up over the year, and you’ll have access to your office for the full 12 months.

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About John Emmerson and his collection

This fellowship is sponsored by a generous bequest from John Emmerson.

John McLaren Emmerson QC (1938–2014) was a bibliophile and scholar who had careers as both an Oxford physicist and a Melbourne barrister. Formed over 40 years, his collection is one of the world’s largest collections of rare English printed works. It has a particular emphasis on the reign of King Charles I and the English Civil War, fought during the 1640s.

Its significance lies not just in the quantity and quality of the books, but also in the important provenance of items, including works originally owned by prominent figures at the time of Charles I’s reign.

John Emmerson’s family donated the collection to the State Library in 2015.