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Visiting Research Fellowship & Holden Lecture 2021

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In May 2021, Dr Richard Ashby delivered the culminating lecture of his Visiting Research Fellowship at Senate House Library. Hosted by the Friends of Senate House Library, this lecture explored Dr Richard Ashby's research into the collection of the ground-breaking 20th century theatre director, Harley Granville-Barker, who revolutionised the presentation of Shakespeare.

Dr Richard Ashby discussed Granville-Barker's thoughts and ideas, as revealed in the handwritten annotations made in his copies of Shakespeare's plays, and the discoveries that could lead to future research.

About Dr Richard Ashby

Senate House Library awarded the Visiting Research Fellowship 2020 to Dr Richard Ashby for his research on actor, director, playwright and manager, Harley Granville-Barker. Dr Ashby started his research in October 2020 and has been making use of the Library’s rich resources relating to theatre and literature.

The Visiting Research Fellowship was funded in joint partnership with the Friends of Senate House Library, offering postdoctoral researchers up to £10,000 and access to the Library's world–class collections for three months.