Lisa is the world expert on William Hayley (1745-1820), a major but neglected figure whose network embraced authors, politicians and artists, notably William Blake, George Romney, Joseph Wright of Derby, John Flaxman, and Caroline Watson. The Fitzwilliam Museum holds the largest Hayley archive in the world, and in November 2020 will co-host, with the Centre for Visual Culture, the first ever international conference dedicated to Hayley and his circle. The programme is already secured and will showcase the work of early career academics and eminent scholars, notably Morton D. Paley and David Bindman.
Lisa is the driving force behind a major digital humanities research project at the Fitzwilliam that seeks to unlock the research potential of the Hayley Papers archive. The outstanding quality and innovative nature of the project - to create a pilot digital edition of Hayley’s correspondence that will eventually encompass his entire surviving correspondence worldwide - has been recognised by the simultaneous award of funding from the Cambridge Humanities Research Grant and the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants schemes.
Lisa’s work at the Fitzwilliam has already uncovered material that will help to rewrite the literary and artistic history of the long eighteenth century in Britain, and offer a new understanding of the relationship between patronage and cultural production in the period. Her work is central to the Fitzwilliam’s strategic research objective of opening up its rich archival holdings to the international scholarly community, and her energy, vision and collaborative approach have the potential to make a huge contribution to scholarly synergies in Cambridge.