AHRC PhD Studentship: A Paper World, 1830-1914

A Paper World: The Collection & Investigation of Plant Materials for Paper Making, c.1830-1914.

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship on the history of collections of plant materials for paper making at Royal Holloway, University of London, in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This award, tenable for three years and covering both fees and an enhanced maintenance grant, is made by the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. The project, due to begin in September 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter, will be supervised by Professor Felix Driver (Royal Holloway) and Dr Mark Nesbitt (Kew).

The Project

Innovations in the technology of print and the vast expansion of publishing during the nineteenth century stimulated the global search for new sources of paper. A wide variety of natural sources for paper-making were experimented with prior to the large-scale mechanisation of papermaking using wood pulp from the 1880s. Focussing on the unrivalled collection of plant materials and manufactured papers from many parts of the world held in the Economic Botany Collection at Kew, the studentship provides an opportunity to explore the economic, cultural and technical significance of the search for alternative sources of material for paper making during the Victorian era.

The Studentship

The studentship includes a stipend of £16,553 (plus fees at home/EU rates) for three years. The student will have full access to the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership development activities and networking opportunities, across seven universities. Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in history, geography, anthropology or other relevant discipline, and a Masters-level qualification or equivalent which meets AHRC requirements for research training. Preference may be given to candidates with prior experience in working with material culture, museum and/or archival collections. Applicants must meet the UK/EU residency requirements as required by AHRC.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit (1) a two-page curriculum vitae, including contact details of one academic referee, and (2) a 1-2 page letter outlining your qualifications to: Prof Felix Driver, Dept of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX (f.driver@rhul.ac.uk) no later than 4 August 2017. Interviews are scheduled to be held at Kew on 16 August 2017.


Published on: 
14 Jul 2017