University of Oxford
TV PhD 2023
Rebekah is completing a PhD at the University of Oxford in partnership with the National Trust. Her thesis combines an institutional history of the National Trust with research into its country houses and their connections with colonial history from the late-nineteenth century onwards. In particular, she uses Lord Curzon and his family seat, Kedleston Hall, as a case study to consider how historic preservation and personal legacies are entwined. The ways that colonial history is seen by visitors in the country house are focal to Rebekah’s research, and photographic collections are of particular interest. She is interested in how empire shaped the National Trust and its collections and how this history informs perceptions of country houses today.