Freud Museum London

London museums secure researcher-in-residence funding

Rebecca Atkinson, 28.01.2015
Freud Museum and Ben Uri Gallery each awarded £5,000
London’s Freud Museum and Ben Uri Gallery and Museum have each been awarded £5,000 funding to run researcher-in-residence schemes with academic partners.

The funding will see Freud Museum open its archive to Benjamin Poore, a PhD student at Queen Mary University of London, to research and select objects that tell the story of psychoanalysis.

The Ben Uri Gallery and Museum will work with Lily Ford from Birkbeck, University of London, to examine what recently translated archive material reveals about the gallery's role in London’s East End in the early 20th century.

The projects are being funded by Creativeworks London, one of four "knowledge exchange hubs" supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Seven projects have received grants in the fourth and final round of the scheme, including a series of talks and workshops at the Institute of Contemporary Arts exploring the legacy of radio as a forum for radical thought and experimentation.

Sally Taylor, the knowledge exchange director at Creativeworks London, said: “We are excited by this latest round of research, which will address a whole range of cultural issues, from pirate radio at the ICA, to the impact of theatre on mental health and opening up the archive of the Freud Museum.

"We believe in the value of real time research, and it’s important to support these London [creative] businesses by applying academic excellence to developing projects that will have a positive impact on London’s creative economy.”

Carol Seigel, the director of the Freud Museum, said that this was the first time the museum had applied to this scheme, and reflects a wider ambition to build relationships with the academic community and increase the amount of “rigorous” research undertaken on its collections.

“Psychoanalysis is a very intricate, complex and contested area so we are keen to use our collection to tell this story in an accessible and unusual way,” she saiid.

Poore’s residency at the museum will take place from March to September.

Seigel said the outcome could be anything from a virtual exhibition or publication to a trail at the museum.