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Rhian Wyn Jones

I am extremely grateful to have received a grant from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation for 2017-2018. I am a student from Wrexham, and completed my undergraduate History degree at the University of Chester (2017). Receiving the grant helped me to progress to postgraduate study at King’s College London, where I have just completed an MA in Early Modern History. The degree programme encompassed a range of stimulating modules, many of which drew upon the latest developments in historical research, and allowed me to engage with academics whose specialisms reflect my own interests. For my postgraduate dissertation, I undertook a study of men and women who corresponded about philosophical, theological and literary issues during the seventeenth century. Having received my provisional grades, I hope to be graduating with a Distinction.

Having access to London’s diverse cultural institutions, museums and heritage sites greatly enhanced my studies and broadened my intellectual interests. On a more personal level, being able to study in London has greatly increased my self-confidence, and allowed me to experience life in a vibrant and dynamic city. For part of the year, I worked as a tutor at a secondary school in East London, and I was also part of the KCL University Challenge team.

I hope to pursue a career in the museum and heritage sector or higher education, using the knowledge and skills I have developed over the course of my postgraduate degree to inspire others about history.

Being a recipient of a grant from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation has provided me with a great sense of support and encouragement throughout this year.