AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with Royal Holloway and the British Museum

The Department of History is pleased to announce a funded doctoral studentship under the AHRC's Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with academics from the Department of History at Royal Holloway University of London and partners in The British Museum. The student will benefit from the lively research culture at Royal Holloway and the cultural riches and expertise of The British Museum.

The Research Project

The Royal Navy and Colonial Collecting in Australia, c.1820-1870 will be supervised by Dr Zoë Laidlaw, Reader in Imperial and Colonial History in collaboration with Dr Gaye Sculthorpe, Curator, and Section Head, Oceania at The British Museum. This collaborative doctoral research project is inspired by the British Museum's significant early collections of Australian Indigenous artefacts, many of which came to the museum through the hands of navy personnel. While the collections made by James Cook in Australia and the Pacific have been thoroughly investigated, little systematic attention has been given to the role of navy personnel in collecting in the nineteenth century in Australia.

The research project will investigate ideas about empire and Indigenous peoples that informed the collecting, the role of cultural intermediaries in collecting, the subsequent history of the collections and their impact as well as locating these collections within a wider context of imperial collection and exchange. Within the broad scope of the project, the successful candidate will be able to focus on particular people, collections, or locations, and to engage with other institutions in the United Kingdom that hold related materials.

The awards will include EU/UK fees and a stipend of £16413. The British Museum will provide up to £1000 per year to support the student's costs of carrying out their research at and for the Museum. Students are also able to apply for up to £200 from the AHRC's Research Training Support Grant.

Closing date for applications: Friday 25 April 2014

For more detail on the project and how to apply, see: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/history/documents/doc/ahrccdafurtherdetails2march2014.doc

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Gaye Sculthorpe gsculthorpe@britishmuseum.org or to Dr Zoë Laidlaw zoe.laidlaw@rhul.ac.uk

Published on: 
12 Mar 2014