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Award To Study Early Anglican Architecture

22 November 2005

Award To Study Early Anglican Architecture

Alex Bremner, a lecturer in the history of architecture at the University of Edinburgh, has been awarded this year's Friends of the Turnbull Library Research Grant.

The $5,000 grant will allow Mr Bremner to further his research of Anglican church architecture in Britain and its colonial empire during the mid-19th century. When completed, this study will form the basis of a book-length publication entitled Ecclesiology and the Colonial Church; Architecture, Empire, and High Anglican Culture in Britain and the British Colonial World, 1840-70.

'We are extremely pleased to contribute to this important research project,' said Rachel Underwood, President of the Friends of the Turnbull Library. 'Alex will have access to the rich and diverse collections - letters, prints, drawings, and photographs - held in the Alexander Turnbull Library on the development of Anglican architecture in New Zealand during the 1840s and 1850s. His research will, in turn, emphasise the distinctive contribution that a research and heritage library can make to public knowledge.'

Mr Bremner has studied architecture at Deakin University in Australia before going to the University of Cambridge to study for a PhD in the history of Victorian architecture (200-2004). Since completing his PhD, he has been awarded postdoctoral fellowships at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and The Huntington Library in San Marino, California. His research focuses on the history of British imperial and colonial architecture between 1840 and 1920.

Alex Bremner will take up his grant in June 2006. He is the third recipient of the Friends' Research Grant. Previous grants have been awarded to Philip Norman for a biography of Douglas Lilburn and Tim Beaglehole to complete a biography of his father, the late historian JC Beaglehole.


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