Four exciting new PhD opportunities to be based in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Applications are invited from prospective PhD candidates for three collaborative doctoral awards and one research network studentship, all based within the School of Fine Art and Cultural Studies.

Embedded in the research culture of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage, each PhD opportunity will be eligible to apply for full funding from the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH).*

From Engagement to Empowerment: The Future of England’s Heritage Open Days is a project based on a cooperation between the School and Heritage Open Days, England’s largest participatory festival which is coordinated by The National Trust. The project is concerned with community and public history and looking for an applicant with an active interest in heritage, participation and/or cultural policy.

Examining the Importance of Cross-Curricula Formal Learning in a Country House Setting will see the successful PhD candidate working alongside Harewood House which has recently committed to greater investment in learning and engagement. The project will develop educational resources to help us understand the country house as a setting for cross-curricular learning and a space that inspires the next generation of cultural and creative professionals.

How do ethics influence the development policies for accessing public collections which are essentially restricted by law: A case study of the Royal Armouries seeks a student who will develop an analysis of current policy and legislation that informs access to collections uniquely housed by the National Museum of Arms and Armour. The project is embedded in a ten-year programme to train future museum registrars, which is run through a partnership between the Royal Armouries, the University of Leeds and Leeds Museums and Galleries.

The fourth studentship on offer in the School is one of three doctoral research studentships in a new research network funded by the Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC) with the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH). Under the broader theme of Work, Play, Space, and Identity: Making and Remaking the North Wing at Chatsworth, this research network will bring together expertise from four overlapping disciplines (archaeology, art and theatre history, museum studies, archival practice) to investigate how the North Wing at Chatsworth was rebuilt in the nineteenth century, and how it has been used and experienced since.

Serving the House and Housing the Servants: Understanding and Interpreting the Domestic Service Spaces in the North Wing at Chatsworth will focus on the physical spaces that domestic servants inhabited at work and the ways in which domestic work was understood by the Duke and his architect.

Full details of the four studentships, including how to apply and timescales, are available on the website of the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH).

Abigail Harrison Moore, Head of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, said:

“We are delighted to announce these four very exciting opportunities to undertake collaborative PhDs in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. Working with partner organisations, we have developed projects that speak not only to our research but also to how we apply that research in museums and heritage organisations.

“The successful applicants will be supported by the School as they prepare their applications to WRoCAH.

“Personally, I am very excited about supervising three of the projects, working with my long term partners at Harewood House, Chatsworth House Trust and the Royal Armouries.

“It has also been a fantastic experience developing the network of opportunities at Chatsworth with colleagues at the Universities of Sheffield and York. This is a great example of the White Rose alliance of universities working together to extend research possibilities in the North of England.”

Follow the individual links for each project (above) or see here for more information.

*Important note: upon selection by the Collaborative Doctoral Awards project teams to be put forward to WRoCAH, the applicant will be considered competitively within the main WRoCAH competition. Being put forward for consideration is not a guarantee of funding.

Image: Staff party, 1920-30, Great Dining Hall, Chatsworth House.