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PhD opportunity: ‘Powis Castle: The Clive Collection Re-examined’.

10 June 2019

Painting of Shah 'Alam conveying the grant of the Diwani to Lord Clive, Benjamin West, 1818

Supervisory team: Dr Mark Elliott (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge) and Dr Elizabeth Green (Lead Curator, Wales, National Trust)

The forthcoming 75th anniversary of the Partition of India in 2022 has presented a much-needed opportunity to focus on Powis Castle’s Clive Collection, carry out new research to better understand its origins and meanings historically and in the present, to open up its untold stories and to building new partnerships with global stakeholders to support its future display and care.

By examining the broad theme of Legacies of Colonialism, we will seek to link Powis’ stories with those of other NT places with related histories, such as Kedleston, Osterley and Basildon. as well as building on existing partnerships with the V&A (which holds a substantial south Asian collection), Birmingham and Leicester Universities and the National Library of Wales, (which holds the Clive archive), and to seek new relationships both at home and beyond our shores. 

Most importantly, the project seeks to set the Clive Collection on a new path to find its place in the context of international collections long-term, to use it as a portal to conversations with its source communities, as well as the diaspora of cultural objects displaced from their places of origin by colonial activity and conflict. 

For more details including how to apply see: https://www.oocdtp.ac.uk/powis-castle-clive-collection-re-examined