PhD Studentship: Social Agency of Petitioning, c. 1789-1860
The National Archives, the National Maritime Museum, and Durham University are pleased to invite applications for a three-year (or part-time equivalent) AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship. This is available for a student to begin research from October 2018 and tenable at Durham University in close collaboration with The National Archives and the National Maritime Museum (which is part of Royal Museums Greenwich). This doctoral award is funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under its Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme.
The project will be supervised by Dr Richard Huzzey and Prof Andy Wood, at Durham, and by Dr Paul Carter and Katie Fox, at The National Archives, and by Dr Robert Blyth, at the National Maritime Museum. The successful applicant will explore three extensive collections of personal petitions from the Hanoverian and early Victorian periods. These documents capture the appeals, tactics, and language of poorer Britons as they interacted with different state authorities. Using a comparative framework for the first time, the student will link the nascent historiographies on personal petitions from (i) the poor, (ii) convicted criminals, their relatives, and the victims of crime, and (iii) sailors, naval employees, and their families.