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Professor Philip Payton

Research interests

Philip's research interests lie in the history and politics of modern Cornwall, broadly from the late eighteenth to the twenty-first century, with a particular focus on issues of emigration and identity.

He has recently completed a major biographical study of A.L. Rowse – the twentieth-century Cornish historian, politician and man of letters – and has produced a revised and restructured edition of his The Cornish Overseas. He is currently planning further work based on the Rowse Archive at the University of Exeter.

Research Awards

During 2004 Philip was the recipient of a British Academy award which facilitated the appointment of Professor Matthew Spriggs, from the Australian National University, as Visiting Professor at the Institute of Cornish Studies. During his time at the Institute, Professor Spriggs undertook research on William Scawen, the seventeeth-century Cornish patriot and language revivalist.