Medieval Italy II is the second conference devoted to all aspects of the study of Medieval Italy, by historians, art historians and archaeologists alike. This year we will be travelling to the University of Limerick in the Republic of Ireland for the conference which takes place on 10 – 11 June 2005. The theme is ‘travel and movement’ and Patricia Skinner will be delivering a paper entitled ‘Byzantine bronze doors, international diplomacy and local politics in medieval Amalfi’.
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In March 2005, we made our first joint research trip to Italy. Tehmina was already in Italy as the Tim Potter Memorial Awardee at the British School at Rome. Patricia Skinner also spent 3 weeks at the BSR to continue library-based documentary research on the Amalfitan mercantile diaspora.
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Where did they come from? The medieval ‘southern Italian’ collections of the British Museum
On 15 February 2005, I delivered a short paper to the Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica (AIAC) at the Swedish Institute of Rome. The paper was largely based on my research at the British Museum where I was examining artefacts with a southern Italian provenance. My aim is to test and demonstrate methods with which museum objects can be interrogated as historical evidence.
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In March 2004, the British School at Rome (BSR) awarded me the Tim Potter Memorial Award. The award is aimed at scholars who have not previously had much opportunity to visit Italy to stay at the school and undertake research on Italian material culture and archaeology. The award includes full board and accomodation at the BSR, plus £500 travel allowance and £150 per month stipend. I will take up the award between February and March 2005.
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In July 2005, the Leverhulme Trust awarded Dr Patricia Skinner and Tehmina Bhote a Research Project Grant of just over £65,000. This is for their three-year project entitled ‘Medieval Cultures in Contact: Merchants, Objects and Cultural Exchange in Southern Italy’. Continue reading “Leverhulme awards £65,000”