In May 2012, Higgins was able to spend a week in London conducting research for her doctoral dissertation, entitled “Britain’s Bourse: Cultural and Intellectual Transmissions between the Low Countries and Britain in the Early Modern Era.”
Thanks to the generosity of the Association of Low Countries Studies, I was able to spend a week in London conducting research for my doctoral dissertation, entitled “Britain’s Bourse: Cultural and Intellectual Transmissions between the Low Countries and Britain in the Early Modern Era.”
I was able to consult materials in the British Library and in the British National Archives not available to me in Ireland. These included seventeenth century English military maps of garrison towns in the Netherlands, Dutch church records of the English military churches, official and personal correspondence between the English governors of Brill and Dutch officials and many rare books and articles only available at these locations. I also found many other unexpected sources such as personal letters from family members of English military personnel stationed in the Netherlands which provided me with additional information about Anglo-Dutch cultural exchanges in the Netherlands.
Many of the primary sources I consulted made me aware of very useful sources held in Dutch archives and I will be able to consult these during a research trip to the Netherlands in June 2012.
I also made some valuable contacts while there and was put in contact with one of the leading Anglo-Dutch historians who specialises in my field. I was also able to avail of tutorials from an expert palaeographer who aided me in perfecting my transcription and translation of the many important palaeographic sources I am consulting.
I achieved a considerable amount during this trip to London and I am extremely grateful to the Association of Low Countries Studies for providing me with that opportunity. The research I conducted, the contacts that I made and the skills I acquired are indispensable in the writing of my thesis and I am indebted to the Association of Low Countries Studies in this regard.