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Wellcome funding would expand the scope of ‘Asylums, Pathologies and the Themes of Madness’: a one-day symposium to be held at University of Stirling’s Library on January 16th. The symposium is the first step in publicising a Contemporary Gothic archive at Stirling: a resource made possible by recently donated material from both Iain Banks’ estate and Patrick McGrath. We invite academics working on McGrath – and on psychopathology in the Gothic more widely – to view his recently donated materials and to reflect upon the Gothic’s staging of the asylum in light of his fiction. As the son of its last medical superintendent, Patrick McGrath spent his formative years at Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum. The funding would be essential to: Work on cataloguing Broadmoor materials to be put on display at the McGrath symposium. A designated PhD student familiar with the archive – who is studying already local asylum materials from Stirling – would work for 29 hours over 3 weeks (0.27 FTE, £18,031; total cost including holiday pay of £395) to catalogue these materials. Provide travel bursaries to two PhD students working specifically on asylums and the Gothic to attend the conference (£200 total, each travel bursary £100).

Amount: £595
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Stirling

Transnational Medical Activism against Nuclear Weapons in Britain in the Cold War. 15 Sep 2014

The proposed activity to be carried out during the tenure of a Small Research Grant consists of data collection in the newly opened Medact Archive at the Wellcome Library in London. For this purpose, I will travel to the Wellcome Library in London where I will spend five full days in the Medact Archive to look at materials relating especially to one of Medact's two predecessor organizations (the Medical Campaign againt Nuclear Weapons). This research will play a pivotal role in the completion of my current project on transnational medical activism against nuclear weapons in Britain in the Cold War.

Amount: £910
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Swansea University

Medical botany in the 19th and early 20th Century: Berthold Carl Seemann (1825-1871)and Melville William Hilton-Simpson (1881-1938). 29 Aug 2014

Visit of Archives in GB, in particular Kew Archives, London, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain, London, Pitt-Rivers-Museum, Oxford. Investigations into the inheritance of Seemann and Hilton-Simpson, screening of letters and documents regarding reports on medicinal virtues and ethnopharmacological uses of plants collected, primarily by botanical interest.

Amount: £873
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Misc Germany

Prosopography and Healthcare. 22 Apr 2013

A one day workshop hosted by Kingston University on the use of prosopography in the history of healthcare. Use of prosopography by healthcare historians is growing and the organisers (who have all used prosopography in their own research) decided to stage an event where this powerful research methodology can be discussed. The workshop will provide a platform for both experienced and early-career researchers. It will be split into three sections: for established projects, early career/PhD projec ts and a roundtable which will include contributions from archivists interested in opening up their healthcare archives to this approach. The programme is finalised and includes papers with an international scope: early modern medical community in England and Wales (a Wellcome funded research project), early psychiatry in Soviet Russia, healthcare in the slaveholding American South, Danish nursing Deaconesses, and a study of Fellows of the International Health Division of Rockefeller Foundation in Brazil. They include studies of medicine, nursing and veterinary science. While the subjects are diverse, they share a methodology and participants have been asked to focus on their use of prosopography, rather than the outcomes of their research. It is hoped to publish the papers in a special issue of a journal.

Amount: £900
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Kingston University

The history of monastic bloodletting as revealed in medieval monastic account rolls and visitation records 16 Sep 2008

The main purpose of this trip is to carry out research necessary to complete a monograph on the function of periodic bloodletting in medieval monastic life. I will be looking primarily at account rolls from monasteries and cathedral abbeys in order to determine the actual dates on which religious were bled. This is important because preliminary investigations indicate that the bleeding sometimes coincided with days deemed perilous in medical tests; I need to learn whether my initial findings are representative or anomalous. Examining the days when religious were bled may also be one way of determining changes in the practice over time; in addition, it may shed light on differences in bleeding practices between religious orders. Bloodletting appears not only in account rolls; it is also a subject mentioned in many episcopal visitation records and in the General Chapter statutes of the Cistercian and Carthusian orders. This research will provide an opportunity to examine those records more closely to determine concerns associated with the time of bloodletting. The complaints may help to reveal more about the perceived importance of regular bloodletting, its perceived function, as well as anxieties about potential lapses in discipline during the period of convalescence.

Amount: £882
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Misc United States

Medicine, Astrology and Philosophy in the Pseudo-Galenic De Spermate 29 Aug 2008

The project is collaboration with Prof. Vivian Nutton to examine the philosophical and astrological background of the pseudo-Galenic De Spermate (existing in Latin translation, dated to the thirteen and fourteen centuries). Our specific goals are to evaluate the philosophical and astrological background of the treatise and in particular its Neoplatonic influence; to establish possible Neoplatonic sources; to examine the dialogue between medicine, philosophy, and astrology in the treatise; to assess the attitude toward astrology in the treatise in the context of the traditional antithetical relationship between medicine and astrology and philosophy in Late Antiquity.

Amount: £750
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Florida State University

Conference entitled 'In the age of al-Farabi: Arabic thought in the 4th/10th Century'. 22 Nov 2005

In the Age of al-Farabi: Arabic Thought in the 4th/10th Century The proposed conference is one of a series of events focusing on philosophy in the Islamic world (we use the phrase "Arabic Philosophy" since some of the philosophers to be discussed were in fact Christian and Jewish). Previous events in this series have had a broader focus, dealing with a range of topics throughout the history of Arabic thought. But in order to produce as coherent an event as possible, this conference will focus more tightly on the most philosophically vibrant and historically important century in Arabic thought: the 10th century (the 4 century of the Islamic calendar). The purpose of this conference is to look at al-Farabi and other philosophers within the complex intellectual context of the 10th century itself. This involves two basic tasks: First, we will take account of the full range of philosophical schools and traditions of this time period. The most famous of these is the Aristotelian school in Baghdad; the Muslim al-Farabi was a member of this school, but most of these Aristotelians were in fact Christians. Several papers will be devoted to this school: those by Black, Eggert, Ferrari, Giannakis, Rashed, Reisman and Urvoy. A rival development were the more Platonist philosophers who lived and worked further east in the Islamic empire. The papers by Adamson, Biesterfeldt and Wakelnig will discuss these thinkers. Meanwhile, there are philosophical movements that are harder to classify - one of the goals of the conference will be to explore how other thinkers relate to the major trends of the period. Thus Fenton will speak on Jewish thinkers of the time, and there will be papers on the enigmatic "Brethren of Purity" and other authors with Shiite Ismaili leanings. Second, we will consider intellectual developments that were related to philosophy, without however involving thinkers who would necessarily have described themselves as "philosophers". There are three such developments to be explored: science, and especially medicine; the trend of refined literary authors who show knowledge of and interest in philosophical texts; and perhaps most importantly indigenous Islamic theology, or "kalam".

Amount: £516
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: King's College London

'PhD Workshop on History of Medieval and Early Modern Science and Medicine' to be held at the University of Cambridge on 23rd March 2007. 19 Feb 2007

PhD Workshop on History of Medieval and Early Modern Science and Medicine Although several excellent training programmes are available for PhD candidates, no specific support is available for students researching medieval and early modern science and medicine. These areas present particular challenges for students, often requiring the acquisition of language and palaeography skills, and the use of material which may be dispersed or incomplete. To address these problems, the workshop will open with a presentation on the issues which distinguish early history of science and medicine from other periods. This will be followed by a panel session on framing research questions from texts, objects, images, and quantitative data. After lunch, a second panel session will concentrate on acquiring or improving practical skills: languages (for instance, setting up support groups, such as Cambridge's Latin Therapy); palaeography; electronic resources; and approaching archives and collections. Each panel will be illustrated by texts and objects from the Whipple Museum's valuable collection of scientific and medical artefacts. The workshop will close with a Q&A session, in which participants will be encouraged to put questions to other students as well as to the panellists. Throughout, particular emphasis will be placed on student interaction and feedback. Feedback forms will be issued early on, with students encouraged to add to these throughout the day. They will also be asked to submit in advance an abstract of their research interests, which will be compiled in a booklet together with their contact details and a list of relevant PhD resources.

Amount: £602
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Cambridge

Student Elective Prize for Mr Lowell Ling 29 Aug 2008

Bone formation and vascularisation on porous bioactive glass scaffolds.

Amount: £600
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: King's College London

Moving Maths 14 Jul 2017

Spiltmilk Dance is a professional dance company delivering projects in schools and community settings, and creating and touring performance work nationally. This project will explore a dance and movement-based approach to teaching maths to children aged 4-7 in three Rotherham Primary Schools.

Amount: £500
Funder: Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Recipient: Spiltmilk Dance
Region: West Midlands
District: Warwick District

Donation in memory of Rick Rogers 10 Nov 2008

A grant to Wigmore Hall Trust - Donation in memory of Rick Rogers

Grant to Great Leighs Free Church 11 Nov 2016

To contribute towards the equipping and maintenance of the new church studio

Amount: £500
Funder: Essex Community Foundation
Recipient: Great Leighs Free Church

Event support 18 Apr 2017

To enable the purchase of promotional equipment and publicity materials for a support group for the transgender and LGBT community around Southend

Starting up a new Brownie unit in Debden Saffron Walden. 29 Mar 2017

to set up a new Brownie unit in Debden near Saffron Walden

Amount: £500
Funder: Essex Community Foundation
Recipient: 1st Debden Brownies

Outdoor playhouse 30 Jun 2017

To replace an unsafe outdoor playhouse for young children at a pre-school in Colchester

Halstead Community Fridge 11 Jan 2018

To help establish a Community Fridge scheme to help those in poverty and reduce wastage of food

Amount: £900
Funder: Essex Community Foundation
Recipient: Halstead Town Council

Grant to CPRE National 17 Apr 2018

To support the campaign for a better future for England's countryside

Amount: £500
Funder: Essex Community Foundation
Recipient: CPRE National

Oral History Listening Station 07 Jun 2018

To help purchase an audio listening unit for visitors to a Heritage Centre to learn about Maldon’s recent social history

Amount: £500
Funder: Essex Community Foundation
Recipient: The Maldon Society