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Rebecca Senior granted funding to expand her monuments and memorials research with UCL's Legacies of Slavery database

A statue of Robert Peel in Hyde Park, Leeds

Robert Peel Statue, Leeds

Dr Rebecca Senior, Art Historian and UoN Impact Research Fellow in the Department of Culture, Media and Visual Studies, has received funding from the QR Strategic Priorites Fund to expand her research on monuments and memorials with plans for larger collaborative projects in the future. 

The project will conduct a preliminary exploration of the collections of Leeds Museums and Galleries using University College London's (UCL) Legacies of Slavery database. It will also work to make an interpretation guide for monuments in Leeds, with plans to involve Leeds City Council.

Rebecca is an Art Historian specialising in sculpture and 18th and 19th-century visual cultures in Britain. She has particular interest in allegory, monuments and histories of British imperialism - the subject of her current Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Henry Moore Foundation (2019-2021). Working in collaboration with the University of Nottingham, the postdoctoral project is titled ‘Allegories of Violence: Histories of the British Empire and Monumental Sculpture’, and explores the various manifestations of allegorical sculpture on monuments erected in honour of Britain’s imperial campaigns in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a specific focus on how allegory occupied a unique space as a sanitiser of violence in visual histories. 

Further information on the work of Rebecca Senior 

Image credit: © Copyright Stephen Craven and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Posted on Thursday 17th December 2020

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