Institute student awarded International Placement Fellowship

17 November 2015

Institute student Emma Payne receiving the Bernd Breuckmann award for 2014

Institute student Emma Payne has been awarded a Fellowship at the Library of Congress, Washington DC as part of the AHRC's International Placement Scheme (IPS).

Emma, who is undertaking PhD research at the Institute on the condition, significance and conservation of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture will visit the Library of Congress in 2016 where she plans to relate findings from the casts she has been studying at the British Museum to collections more widely, and to explore the interrelationship between cast collections and classical reception.

The Library of Congress is the USA's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. It holds a formidable collection of international cast catalogues not available in comparable UK collections. The IPS Fellowship is therefore invaluable for Emma's research allowing her to widen her perspective beyond Britain alone - to compare catalogues from Europe with those of the USA (where demise of casts was slightly delayed) and to determine implications for classical reception and cast significance.


In an increasingly globalised world there is the need for researchers to build strong international experiences. The annual International Placement Scheme (IPS) facilitates such experiences by providing funded fellowships at some of the world’s leading research institutions, offering dedicated access to their globally renowned collections, resources and expertise.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.

Emma was previously awarded the Bernd Breuckmann Award for 2014 which supports 3D scanning projects in the Arts and Cultural Heritage.