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PhD Project

Reconstructing Coventry Early Modern Grammar School

Founded in 1545, Coventry's original Grammar School building still stands in the City Centre. The School housed a library of national significance. This project is supervised by Alice Leonard and Patricia Phillippy.

Working closely with Coventry Archives and items from Cambridge University Library, Madeleine is using palaeographical and bibliographical techniques to investigate the extensive sources from the School. These include Early Modern books that were held by the library and now reside in Coventry Archives, as well as a library catalogue and a record of book donors from the seventeenth century. The results of Madeleine's research will be communicated to the public using multiple platforms, contributing to the legacy of the Coventry City of Culture 2021. This dissemination will take the form of a digital humanities project supervised by Jacqueline Cawston.

Research Interests

Outside of her PhD project, Madeleine is interested in Early Modern drama, with a particular focus on the relationship between the theatre, music, musicians, and the view the theatregoing audience had of these elements, both individually and together.

Master's Project

Madeleine's Master's project looked at the audience reception of music in four of Shakespeare's comedies: A Midsummer Night's DreamTwelfth NightMuch Ado About Nothing, and As You Like It. She used an interdisciplinary approach, combining historical, literary, and musicological techniques to understand how the Early Modern theatregoing audience interacted with music both within and without the playhouse.


Madeleine is a Postgraduate Member of the Royal Historical Society.

Education/Academic qualification

Early Modern Studies, MA, Music in Shakespeare's Comedies: Contexts and Meanings, University College London


Award Date: 1 Dec 2022

American Studies (3 Year), BA (Hons), Degree, Cold War Ideology and the American Musical, 1945-1965, University of East Anglia


Award Date: 21 Jul 2021


  • D204 Modern History
  • Early Modern Studies
  • Book History
  • Local History
  • Library Studies


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