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The University of Glasgow and the Virtual Hamilton Palace Trust have received two highly prestigious Collaborative Doctoral Awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for research into the collections of the Dukes of Hamilton. Both PhDs are being supervised by Dr Godfrey Evans, Principal Curator of European Applied Art at the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, and one of the Directors of the VHPT.
Bet McLeod, who has worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and is an expert on the great collector William Beckford, who bequeathed his final collection to his daughter, the wife of the 10th Duke of Hamilton, is investigating the Western ceramics formerly in the Hamilton collection (which included a large number of pieces from Beckford’s collection).
Christopher Maxwell, who was a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum and continues to assist the British Royal Collection, is studying the dispersal of the Hamilton collection and particularly the great Hamilton Palace sales of 1882 and 1919.
The Virtual Hamilton Palace Trust is now working with Professor Nick Pearce, the Head of the School of Culture and Creative Arts in the University of Glasgow, on a major database on items in the Hamilton collection, based on the 1876 Hamilton Palace inventory. This ambitious project involves the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, as co-partners, and many other institutions throughout the world.

18th November, 2012

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