3 x AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD Studentships: The English Versailles

The English Versailles: Refashioning the Eighteenth-Century Landed Estate

The University of Leicester and the Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust are pleased to invite applications from outstanding postgraduates for three AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD studentships, to commence October 2013 or January 2014. These three year studentships will pay full-time University UK/EU tuition fees and include an annual tax free stipend at standard AHRC rates (currently £13,726 a year). In addition, the Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust will provide a bursary of £1,500 each year to each successful applicant.

The studentships will be of interest to students with a background in eighteenth-century or early modern social and cultural history, the history of medicine, history of poverty, welfare and social relations and gender history. These studentships have been developed under the auspices of the East Midlands Research Initiative (EMRI) which involves a collaboration between the Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust based at Boughton House in Northamptonshire (known historically as the English Versailles), the Lamport Hall Preservation Trust located nearby, and the College of Arts, Humanities and Law at the University of Leicester.

The unique collections and archives of the Boughton House estate including significant estate and family papers have been closed since 1528. The Montagu family - today the Dukedom of Buccleuch and Queensberry - were trend-setters in the long 18th century at both a local and national level, refashioning what it meant to own a landed estate. Making their papers accessible through these studentships will bring into the public domain highly important historical records relating not only to the fortunes of this aristocratic family between 1700 and 1830 but also to the lives of people from a broad range of social backgrounds.

Further details on research areas/supervision and entry requirements can be found at http://www2.le.ac.uk/study/research/funding/english-versailles.

Or contact Professor Roey Sweet at rhs4@le.ac.uk.

9 Jul 2013