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Economic History Society

Charity No. 228494

Research Fund for Graduate Students
Application Form
The Economic History Society will consider applications for grants – normally of up to £500 – to assist postgraduate students (Master’s Degree and PhD) in United Kingdom colleges and universities with travel and subsistence expenses incurred in the undertaking of research into any aspect of economic and social history. Applications should be made, supported by a supervisor’s statement, to the Honorary Secretary. Information concerning any attempts to obtain matching support from other sources should be submitted. Closing dates for applications are on the first day of each of the following months: February, May, August and November. It is expected that successful applicants will be, or will become, members of the Economic History Society.

Name and contact details of applicant Name: Koji YAMAMOTO Department: History Address: Institution: University of York Department of History, University of York, Heslington Postcode: Fax: N/A E-mail:

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Name and contact details of supervisor (who should write directly to the Secretary) Name: Position: Address: Town: Tel: York Fax: N/A Postcode: YO1 7EP, E-mail: Senior Lecturer Institution: University of York Department: History Title: Dr.

Details of study being undertaken Postgraduate degree being pursued by the applicant: Ph. D in History Year of study/research: Second Year Title and nature of thesis: The ‘Projector’ in Seventeenth- and Early Eighteenth-Century England: Technical ingenuities and the cultures of knowledge in the management of natural resources. My thesis contributes to the cultural history of economics in C17 and early C18 England. It is widely agreed that improvements in agricultural technique, resource management and industry significantly contributed to the growth of economy. However, the culture of projecting from which such innovations emerged has been little studied. When it has been examined, historians have tended to give celebratory accounts of projectors, those who promoted innovations. This is surprising because the “projector” had negative connotations for much of this period. Thus, my thesis assesses the ways in which promoters of innovations claimed the credibility of themselves and their projects by serving the public good and by showing willingness to communicate their expertise.

Work to be undertaken using travel grant Please indicate time and place of work and sources being consulted. In the research trips outlined below, I examine legal records and correspondence of two projectors active after the Restoration, Andrew Yarranton and Richard Haines. They were interesting in that they were not from disinterested sections of society: they justified their private interests in their canal-building, clover-cultivation, and flax-spinning schemes, and yet at the same time claimed to be able to serve the public good through them. While historians often see openness as the necessary condition for successful promotion, these innovators seem to have succeeded while embracing elements of secrecy. Thus, I will use these trips to reconsider the extent to which successful promotion was reserved for the disinterested sections of the society, and whether indicating private stakes and secrecy prevented middling sort projectors from appearing credible enough to attract patronage and investment. First Trip (8-14 June) 1) National Archive, Chancery and other legal records,  E 134/120, C 10 (6/9, 10/1, 9/97), C22 (216/11, 216/16, 216/20, 968/15, 1036/6), C111/212 [Agreement between Richard Haines and Herbert Stapley, concerning transferral of shares in Haines’ patent for making cider]. 2) Bodleian Library, Carte Paper 233, [letters to Thomas Wharton concerning Yarranton’s project] Second Trip (27 June – 2 July) 3) West Sussex Record Office, Deeds and correspondence, SAS-MD/60, Winston/5951 [articles of agreement between Richard Haines and Henry Goring regarding ‘Mr Haynes secrett touching Cyder’] 4) British Library, Add. MSS, 4473 (18) [Andrew Yarranton’s Map showing ‘how farr the greate Rivers of England may be made Navigable’] 5) National Archive, the same as above Third Trip (12-13 July) 6) Staffordshire Record Office, D1057/H/2 [A map referring to Andrew Yarranton, the “1st projector” of a new canal], Aqualate MSS Details of funding requested Please provide a breakdown of the expenditure involved and what part of the total the Society is being asked to fund. In addition, please indicate details of grants provided by other organisations. As for travel and photographic expense (£ 210.55), I am expecting to obtain support from the Royal Historical Society Postgraduate Funding for Research, the result of which will be announced about the beginning of June. Thus, I would like the EHS to support subsistence costs. They are indicated by bold letters. First Trip (8-14 June) Bed & Breakfast, six nights Food and other miscellaneous expense, seven days Train tickets (York  London Kings Cross, Saver Return with YPRC) Tube tickets (Zone One  Zone Two x 8 with Oyster Card) Bus Tickets (Victoria  Oxford, Student Return) Second Trip (27 June – 2 July) Bed & Breakfast, five nights Food and other subsistence costs, six days Train tickets (York  London Kings Cross, Saver Return with YPRC) Train tickets (London Victoria  Chichester Saver Return with YPRC) Tube tickets (Zone One  Zone Two x 6 with Oyster Card) Third Trip (12-13 July) Bed & Breakfast, one nights Food and other subsistence costs, two days Train tickets (York  Chichester, Saver Return with YPRC) Photographic Reproduction of Maps (for maps kept in BL and Staffordshire R.O.) Total expense for travel and photographic reproduction Total expense for subsistence (including food and accommodation) Grand Total The subsistent costs for which I request the support from the EHC Date of application: Please return completed form to:
The Honorary Secretary, Economic History Society Department of Economic and Social History University of Glasgow, Lilybank House, Bute Gardens, Glasgow G12 8RT

£ 150.00 (£25x6) £ 105.00 (£15x7) £ 47.50 £ 16.00 £ 13.00 £ 125.00 (£25x5) £ 90.00 (£15x6) £ 47.50 £ 20.55 £ 12.00 £ 25.00 (£25x1) £ 30.00 (£15x2) £ 34.00 £ 20.00 £ 210.55 £ 535.00 £ 745.55 £ 500.00 (out of £ 535)

28 April 2007

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