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Apply now for a new research residency at Sir George Grey Special Collections

If you’re a history buff, research scholar or someone with a deep interest in New Zealand and its heritage - here is a very special opportunity for you.

The Auckland Library Heritage Trust, in association with Auckland Council, is offering a new research scholarship in the Central City Library’s Sir George Grey Special Collections.

Colin Davis, chair of the Auckland Library Heritage Trust says the Trust is pleased to announce this research scholarship.

"The Sir George Grey Special Collections is one of the major heritage collections in New Zealand. We are delighted to offer an opportunity for someone to immerse themselves in this material and focus on a special research project.

"We want more people to know about Grey’s wonderful legacy of documents and intriguing items, so opening up the collections to a keen researcher seems like an exceptionally good place to start," he says.

As well as rare and historic books and documents, the Grey collections include maps, photographs, sketches, drawings, oral history and musical recordings, sheet music, and a host of ephemeral items, many relating to the performing arts.  

They began with the private library and letters donated to the citizens of Auckland by Grey between 1883 and 1894, and have been added to over the years by generous contributions and timely acquisitions.

Auckland Libraries’ Manager of Regional and Heritage Research Jane Wild says the scholarship is open to New Zealanders and overseas visitors to New Zealand who have a research proposal based on material held in the Sir George Grey Special Collections.

"The scope of the research can focus on New Zealand, Pacific or international subjects - reflecting the breadth of the collections.

"The Sir George Grey Special Collections are well-known locally among historians and academics, but this presents an opportunity to extend our reach or see a fresh approach to exploring these materials," she says.

Applications close on 14 June 2013 and selection will be announced on 15 July 2013. The scholarship runs from 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2014 and includes a $1000 grant.

To find out more about the Sir George Grey Special Collections researcher in residence opportunity, visit our special collections page or contact Georgia Prince on 09 307 7677.

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Updated on 23rd July 2015