History Research Fund in Memory of Tom Leece

History Research Fund in Memory of Tom Leece

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    Tom Leece

The Faculty of History has established a memorial fund in Tom Leece’s name that will receive gifts to benefit future generations. Donations of any size can be made and will be used to give grants of £200–500 to PhD students to support them with their archive research, with a preference for part-time students.

In 2020 Tom began studying part-time, alongside his job as a journalist, for a Doctor of Philosophy. He intended to give firmer form to the Stuart Knight, who was familiar to contemporaries but has only rarely attracted scholarly attention. Given that a blend of cynicism about and reverence for state honours is an enduring feature of British society, Tom hoped that by studying the system’s former idealised and functional forms in the Caroline period, it would further our understanding of the role of honour and power in British culture and society.

During the first year of Tom’s research, he consulted manuscript sources in several collections to which he had to travel, such as the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, the National Library of Scotland and the National Library of Wales. In future years of study, he hoped to consult more archives, such as The Huntington Library in California. The fund's purpose is to remember Tom’s great passion for History and help others realise their potential and talent, which were evident in Tom but were tragically lost following his sudden death.  

Tom was a member of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and an obituary for Tom can be found on the College's website.

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