The York Georgian Society was founded in 1939 to promote the preservation and care of Georgian buildings in and around York, England, while fostering the study and appreciation of them. It is the second oldest society outside London devoted to the Georgian era. The Society’s remit extends beyond architecture and the crafts associated with building to include the arts, culture and society of the period from 1660, the year of George I’s birth, to 1837, the year of William IV’s death.
19 March 2015
SARAH BURDETT has won the York Georgian Society’s Patrick Nuttgens Award for 2015, while a certificate of high commendation goes to Sarah Wride. The photograph above shows Sarah Burdett, right, and Sarah Wride, left. Bridget Nuttgens (widow of Patrick), standing between them, made the presentations on Saturday 14 March at York St John University.
The winner, Sarah Burdett, is in the final year of her PhD, in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. Her topic is Female Militancy in British Dramas: 1789–1803, that is, the representation of armed women on the British stage during the French Revolutionary period. The Award will enable Sarah to complete her researches at the British Library, London, and the Mander and Mitcheson theatre archive collection held by the University of Bristol.
Sarah Wride is a second-year PhD student, also in the Department of English and Related Literature. Her subject is ‘This ill-shaped monster’: Representing the ‘Rotten Borough’, 1761–1832. Her smaller cash prize will help support research visits to archives in Wiltshire, Suffolk, Leeds, and Grasmere.
Patrick Nuttgens (1930–2004) was founding Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies within the University of York, and successively Secretary, Chairman and President of the York Georgian Society. The Award, named in his honour and first offered in 2008, is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the Society and the University of York. It provides for a grant to be awarded annually to a PhD student researching an aspect of the Georgian period.
Image: © Richard Green
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