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The Nuttgens Award

The Award is named in honour of Patrick Nuttgens (1930 - 2004). It was first offered in 2008 and is the result of a fruitful collaboration between York Georgian Society and the University of York. The award provides a grant of £500 to be awarded annually to two PhD students researching any aspect of the Georgian period.

Applications for the Award are judged according to the following criteria:
-  Originality of the research project,
-  Nature of the expenditure proposed and its value in developing the project,
-  Financial need.

Patrick Nuttgens was a well-known and warmly remembered figure, both locally and nationally. He was founding Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies within the University of York, and successively Secretary, Chairman and President of the York Georgian Society.

Appliations open in February each year and are managed by the University of York.

Past Awardees


Neils van Menen, The Abolition of Climbing Boys: Chimney Sweeps' Apprentices in Georgian Britain


Main: Frances Sands, Nostell Priory: History of a House 1740 - 1830 

Subsidiary: Caitlin Blackwell, British Graphic Art of the late 18th and early 19th Centuries

Subsidiary: John Moores, France and the French as Represented in British Satirical Prints 1740 - 1830


Main: James Legard, Vanbrugh, Blenheim Palace, and the Meanings of Baroque Architecture

Subsidiary: Arlene Leis, Sarah Sophia Banks: Femininity, Sociability and the Practice of Collecting in late Georgian England


Carolyn Dougherty, The Operation of the Carrying Trade in England in the 18th and early 19th Centuries of Feminine Identities in the British Atlantic World


Dillon Struwig, City of Beasts: The Impact of Quadrupeds in Georgian London


Main: Anna Bonewitz, Fashion across Borders and Seas: Print Culture, Women's Networks and the Creation of Feminine Identities in the British Atlantic World

Subsidiary: Jessica Hendy,  The Role of the Island of St Helena in the Abolition of Slavery, through DNA and protein analyses of skeletal remains


Main: Sarah Burdett, Female Militancy in British Dramas: 1789 - 1750

Subsidiary: Sarah Wride, This ill-shaped Monster: Representing the "Rotten Borough" 1761 - 1832


Main: Hannah Hogan, Work, Identity and Sociability in Yorkshire 1630 - 1750

Subsidiary: Madeleine Pelling, That Noble Possessor: the Pursuit of Knowledge and its Materials in the Collection of Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland, 1715 - 1785


Madeleine Pelling, That Noble Possessor: The Pursuit of Knowledge and its Materials in the Collection of Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland, 1715-1785


No award made


Gabriella Barnard-Edmunds, Material Mobility and the Horse-Drawn Carriage in the Age of Jane Austen


Main: Holly Day, The Development of the Pocket Memorandum Book in Georgian Britain 1748-1850

Subsidiary: Lilian Tabois, The Life and Work of Maria Graham (née Dundas, later Lady Calcott), Author and Traveller 1785 - 1842


Main: Katie Crowther, Georgian Paper Traces: Women's Stories, Ephemeral Texts and Hidden Objects

Subsidiary: Gemma Shearwood, Commemorating Imperialism in Westminster Abbey


Main: Rachel Feldberg, Non-elite Women's Engagement with the Production, Use and Consumption of Scientific Knowledge 1740-1810

Subsidiary: Roseanna Kettle, Noblest Insects of Industry: Identity, Form and Poetic Register in the Transpennine Industrial City

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