AHRC PhD Studentship (with the Science Museum)

Digitised collections and the social museum: the (re)use of images of objects in the collections of the Science Museum Group

We invite applications for a fully-funded 3.5-year PhD studentship, beginning in October 2018, on the (re)use of images of objects in the collections of the Science Museum Group. The project is a collaboration between the School of Advanced Study, University of London and the Science Museum, and is funded by the Science Museums & Archives Consortium within the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme.

Museums are moving decisively away from viewing visitors as passive consumers of content to seeing them as active participants in the creation of knowledge. This project will explore what this means for museums and their audiences in digital spaces, focusing on the (re)use online of images from the Science Museum Group (SMG) collections. It will investigate how and why museum visitors share photographs of objects taken in-gallery, as well as the factors that motivate them to engage with digitised images made available through the Science Museum’s website, thereby gaining insight into the role of the digital in the development of the social museum. This research will be a timely and important addition to digital humanities and museum studies, as well as to sector-wide understandings of audience behaviour and digital engagement.

See here for full details: https://www.sas.ac.uk/graduate-study/fees-and-funding/mphilphd-funding#sciencemuseum

Published on: 
16 Feb 2018