This scheme enabled a doctoral student or early career academic researcher to do a short-term work placement with a company from within London’s Creative Economy. Below are examples of placements that Creativeworks London has funded. More information about the scheme can be found here.

PHD-In-Residence Scheme

Freud Museum London and Benjamin Poore from Queen Mary University of London

SME Partner

Carol Seigel, Freud Museum London

PhD Student/Early Career Researcher

Benjamin Poore, Queen Mary University of London


Dr Rachael Gilmour, Queen Mary University of London

Project Name

Objects of Analysis

Project Description

Recently the Freud Museum catalogued both the archives of Anna Freud and the newly acquired archive of Sandor Ferenczi. With these new assets the museum is home to an even more comprehensive history of psychoanalysis. Additionally the recent digitisation the Freud’s large collection of antiquities offers the public unprecedented access to rare and unique objects. Against this backdrop Dr Benjamin Poore, a teaching fellow at Queen Mary’s School of English and Drama, set out to research and share the provenance of this extensive collection.

Dr Poore’s work looked to widen the potential methods of research dissemination and challenged him to work outside traditional academic routes producing shorter, more direct and journalistic pieces of writing. The residency presented him the opportunity to collaborate with journalists, designs and curators, professionals usually outside of his network.

On the 21st October 2015 Dr Poore chaired a panel event at the Freud Museum entitled Freud and His Legacy. The event considered the implications of Freud’s thoughts on 20th century art, culture and psychotherapy, factoring in the political, cultural and clinical relevance of his writing. Members of the panel included Dr Benjamin Dawson, Lecturer in Literary Theory at Queen Mary University London, Alinah Azadeh, a multi-media artist, Professor Danny Nobus, of Brunel University London and Carol Seigel, Director of the Freud Museum.

Since the residency Poore and the Freud Museum have been discussing applications for further funding with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, and Leverhulme Trust, in order to conduct research into the museum’s Sandor Ferenczi archive.


Queen Mary - University of London
Arts & Humanities Research Council
European Union
London Fusion

Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.