There is a range of funding available for both taught and research degrees at the postgraduate level.

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The John Pagett Scholarship

John Pagett (1932-2005) was a man intensely interested in the natural history and archaeology of Shropshire and the West Midlands. He devoted his spare time to engaging with life-long learning in the areas of geology, archaeology, local history, place-name studies and botany in addition to being an accomplished watercolourist. For many years he worked on the excavations at Wroxeter and at Barnsley Park with Dr Graham Webster and then as a volunteer on the Wroxeter Hinterland Project in the mid 1990s. He was also a regular contributor to Margaret Gelling’s Shropshire place-name group and on the basis of his work developed a love of Anglo-Saxon literature and language. On his death, he generously bequeathed a third of his estate to the Telford and Wrekin Historical Society (now Wrekin History Group), of whom he was a member.

  • This sum was enough to provide an endowment of £3000 per annum to fund postgraduate research at the University of Birmingham.
  • Those applying to the fund must be carrying out historical, archaeological or natural history research on Shropshire or the immediate region. 
  • The fund is administered by the Trustees of the Pagett Fund to whom applicants must apply in writing by 31 May with a non-technical 1000 word-long description of their proposed research topic.
  • Successful applicants must register (or be registered) for a postgraduate research degree at the University of Birmingham (click here ).

Successful applicants will be required to present a paper to the Wrekin History Group at a mutually convenient date. Applicants should send their proposal to:

Dr Roger White