Named in memory of the HRC’s founding Director, the Jane Moody Scholarships provide funding for PhD students and recent PhD completers to learn new skills or work with external partners or communities that are new to them. Recipients are encouraged to cross traditional boundaries and to be creative and experimental in their approach. The aim of the Scholarships is to develop and enhance workplace skills, with an emphasis on communication skills (spoken, written, visual), so scholars can convey complex ideas in a way that is accessible to a non-specialist.
The 2020-21 Jane Moody scholars and their projects are:
My project shines a public spotlight on the acclaimed, now largely forgotten, British-South African writer Noni Jabavu (1919-2008). The project brings to life part of York’s little-known black history, while exploring questions of identity and belonging in a life and world on the move.
Working in close collaboration with The Rowntree Society and the Borthwick Institute for Archives, I will be creating innovative, digital performances, inspired by real-life interviews with ordinary people in post-war Britain, which formed the raw material for Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree’s study of English Life and Leisure (1951).
I am collaborating with Leeds Local and Family History Library and Leeds Museums and Galleries, and have designed, prepared and run five public workshops that use the library’s local history collection to rediscover the streets of the Burmantofts and Sheepscar neighbourhoods that were demolished as part of slum clearance programmes in the 1950-60s.
While working on my PhD focused on the Hunting Songs of the Lakeland Fell Packs, I discovered that there was no existing system that could effectively catalogue tunes so that they might be musically searchable. My project aims to develop a system that would solve this problem for future song researchers/collectors, and to create a programme which could be integrated into existing library catalogues.