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My name is Ally Crockford. From July 2013 - April 2015 I was the Wikimedian in Residence based at the National Library of Scotland; information about the residency is available on the National Library of Scotland Project Page.
I'm originally from Ontario, Canada, but spent four years living in Nova Scotia while pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in History at St. Francis Xavier University. I was awarded an M. Litt from St Andrews in 2008, and that same year I began my doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh. In 2012 I graduated with a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. In February, 2013, I began work on an AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellowship developing a three-month series of collaborative events with the Department of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh's Surgeons' Hall Museum. The project was called 'Dissecting Edinburgh: Literature and Medicine in the Scottish Capital', and concluded in May 2013. In September 2016, I moved to Ottawa, Ontario. My interests include various aspects of late Victorian fiction, the medical humanities and the digital humanities.
My research interests lie in the literature and culture of the late nineteenth century; my doctoral research focused on the figure of the child in the works of Walter Pater, Vernon Lee, George MacDonald, and Henry James, and I have also written articles and book chapters on the medical humanities and disability history, specifically in relation to nineteenth century teratology.
I am also very interested in Scottish history, literature, and culture, and in feminism, gender history, and gender studies more broadly.
- Articles Created
- Content created
- Slides, information booklets, and other material created as part of the WiR programme at the National Library of Scotland, from July 2013 onwards.
- NLS Content uploaded
- In June 2014, the National Library of Scotland uploaded 1,100+ files from five collections, including:
- 90+ images of the Tay Bridge disaster
- 40+ images of the construction of the Forth Bridge
- Nearly 700 files from the Jacobite prints and broadsides collection
- 100+ files from John Claude Nattes' and James Fittler's Scotia Depicta (1804)
- Nearly 200 19th century theatre posters and photographs from the Weir Collection
- Articles edited
- Images added
- Canada Gate in Autumn, London, 2007
- File:St Andrews Old Course Bridge in the Fog, 2008
- St Andrews Cathedral Coffins, 2007
- Cathedrale Saints-Michel et Gudule Spires, Brussels, 2010
- Edinburgh Christmas Markets, 2009
- "Beer Movers" Sculpture, Dalry Road, Edinburgh
- Dundas Town Hall, Summer 2009
- Dundas Governor's Road, Summer 2009
- Hamilton Town Hall Renovation, Summer 2009