Benjamin Wheldon

I graduated from the University of Hull in 2022 with a First Class in BA English. My undergraduate dissertation focused on Nonsense Literature with regard to the written work of Lewis Carroll and John Lennon, arguing that Nonsense Literature boasts elements of complexity and sophistication belying its reputation as fanciful and silly. Having had a long-standing appreciation for the work of Lewis Carroll and John Lennon, the dissertation provided me with the opportunity to discuss something I’m passionate about in a formal, academic setting.

During my time at Treatied Spaces, I will be working alongside Dr Kimberley Weir on the Global Crossroads: Historic Houses project, looking specifically at culturally significant properties in Northern Ireland. My duties will include; consulting archives, researching specific periods of history, analysing secondary sources and putting together documents pertaining to specific figures/houses in Northern Irish history.

From this opportunity, I hope to develop my research skills in a professional environment. Additionally, the internship presents me with the chance to work collaboratively on a project of great cultural importance and interest, in a field of academia that I would like to pursue in the future. I’m both grateful and excited for the opportunity to achieve something noteworthy during my time acting as a research support intern.