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Charlotte May

Knowledge Exchange Fellow, Faculty of Arts



I undertook my BA (2011), MA (2012) and PhD (2017) in the School of English at the University of Nottingham, specialising in eighteenth and nineteenth century literature. Since then, I have worked in a variety of research, teaching, and research support roles at the University, as well as projects with Museums and heritage organisations. I am currently a Trustee of Keswick Museum with particular responsibility for the Museum's literary collections.

Expertise Summary

I have extensive experience of supporting research in Higher Education and Museum settings, including the development of education provision for diverse audiences.

As a literary historian, my expertise includes editing letters of eighteenth and nineteenth century individuals and the study of sociability. My PhD was a selected edition of the correspondence of the banker-poet Samuel Rogers (1763-1855), and I continue to transcribe and edit his letters, which number over six hundred. I am currently working on publishing these.

I have undertaken extensive studies on the eighteenth and nineteenth century literary marketplace and publishing as commercialism, including interactions between authors and political figures, with a focus on non-canonical and marginalised individuals.

Research Summary

I am a Knowledge Exchange Fellow for the AHRC funded City of Caves project (PI Dr Chris King).

My current research is centered on the letters of the banker-poet Samuel Rogers (1763-1855). However, I generally work on poetry and politics of the Romantic period, including sociability and legislation, with a focus on unpublished manuscript material.

Manuscripts and Special Collections

Kings Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

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