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AHRC PhD studentship: Wearing the City

Posted on 10/10/2017

Fashion and clothing in the curation of urban history.

AHRC PhD Studentship at Royal Holloway

A TECHNE Partnership and NPIF award with the Museum of London

 AHRC PhD studentship advert 2018

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship examining the use of clothing, whether as examples of fashion design or as everyday wear, in the curation of urban history.  The PhD project will be based at Royal Holloway, University of London, with the Museum of London as partner organisation. This award, tenable for three years and covering both fees and an enhanced maintenance grant, is made by the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership under the National Productivity Investment Fund Partnership Award scheme.  The project is due to commence at the beginning of the academic year in September 2018, and will be supervised by Professor David Gilbert (Royal Holloway) and Beatrice Behlen (Museum of London.).

The Project

City museums have long used costume and clothing as a part of their displays.  However, the relatively recent rise of material culture approaches has led to the relationship between clothing and histories of cities being rethought.  Rather than just showing what people once wore in a particular city, the clothes of famous inhabitants, or the designs of the best-known fashion designers, these approaches open up new possibilities, particularly for city museums.  For example, surviving clothing can be strongly imbued with histories of identity, particularly of gender, race, sexuality and urban subcultures.  The fashions of designers can speak not just to their creative talents, but also to changing urban contexts of production, consumption and fashion performance on the streets of the city.  This project focuses on the ways that clothing has been used in museums to narrate the history of cities - particularly London.  The project is distinctive having a research context that will allow study of this relationship in the past, but also in the development of future displays, notably in the creation of the new Museum of London at West Smithfield.  The student will have a base at the Museum of London, and as well as archival work on the collections and their past display, will also have an opportunity to observe and be an active participant in the development of new displays.  There will also be opportunities for analysis of approaches to clothing in other major city museums.

Full projects details. Click here.

The Studentship

The studentship includes a stipend of £16,553 (17/18 rate, 18/19 rate to be confirmed plus fees at home/EU rates) for three years. There is an additional NPIF £550 per year to facilitate engagement with the Partner, and students can apply for an additional six months stipend to engage in extended development activities such as work placements.  Other discretionary finds are available to support study and development activities.

As a TECHNE student, the successful candidate will have full access to the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership development activities and networking opportunities, joining a cohort of about 50 students per year from across seven universities in London and the south-east.

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in geography, history, urban history, fashion studies, museum studies, cultural studies or other relevant disciplines.  Applicants should have either a Masters-level or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline, or be working towards a Masters-level qualification in a programme of study which will finish by September 2018.  Masters-level qualifications should meet AHRC requirements for research training.

Applicants must meet the UK/EU residency requirements as described in paragraphs 43-46 of the 'Conditions of Research Council Training Grants' and comply with conditions set out in the AHRC Training Grant Funding Guide.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit:

(1) a two-page curriculum vitae, including contact details of one academic referee, and including details of academic qualifications, particularly details of dissertations or theses submitted.  CVs should also include details of any prior experience in working with material culture, museum and/or archival collections.

(2) a short statement of interest (800 words max.) indicating relevant experience and qualities, and responding to the project details.  No further covering letter is required.  These should be sent by email to Professor David Gilbert, Dept of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, (d.gilbert@rhul.ac.uk) to arrive no later than Monday 20th November 2017.  Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interviews at the Museum of London on Monday 11th December, and will be asked to submit a short example of written work.  Informal enquiries about the studentship are welcome; applicants should contact Professor Gilbert.

Further Information

Full project details: Click here.

PhD research in Geography at Royal Holloway


AHRC Techne Doctoral Training Consortium


Museum of London



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