Posted by on February 21, 2015 at 10:31 am

History at the University of Huddersfield and The Hepworth Wakefield invite applications for a fully-funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award 3-year full-time PhD studentship entitled Location, Location, Location: The Gott Collection, Yorkshire landscapes and Connected Communities. In addition to fees (at Home/EU rate), the studentship will be funded at RCUK rates, £14,002 in 2015-16. The University also has a generous package of research development funds to enable attendance at conferences and to support public engagement activities. History has about 20 research students and has an energetic and sociable research culture, in which the successful applicant would be expected to participate.

“Wakefield Bridge and Chantry Chapel,” oil on canvas, by the British artist Philip Reinagle, R.A. Dated 1793. 153.5 cm x 245.5 cm. Courtesy of the collection of the Hepworth Museum, Wakefield.

The studentship will begin on 1 October 2015.

The successful applicant will work with Prof Paul Ward and Dr Jodie Matthews at the university and Natalie Walton and Frances Guy at the gallery on a project that explores how historical knowledge can be co-produced by various ‘consumers’ of visual, written, and material texts of the past. The Gott Collection was assembled in the 19th Century and was presented to Wakefield Art Gallery in 1930 by Frank Green, a Yorkshire industrialist and philanthropist. It is arguably the finest surviving such collection in the region, with over 200 Yorkshire villages, towns and cities depicted within its pages.

The two main parts of the doctoral project will entail the PhD student researching the historical context of the Gott Collection and other topographical collections at The Hepworth Wakefield in relation to geographical location, landmarks and events of historic significance, and, in parallel, exploring the co-production of historical knowledge through engagement with community groups and the collection.

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Applicants should normally have at least an upper second class undergraduate degree and have or soon expect to be awarded a Masters degree in a relevant arts or humanities discipline, such as history, public history, art history, community-based participatory research, or oral history. Applicants must also have proven experience of working with community groups.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Paul Ward for an informal discussion in advance of application – or 01484 478413.

Application should be made through the university’s on-line application procedure at

Please complete the research proposal as described on the form outlining how you would approach the two aspects of the project.

An initial review of applications will take place during week commencing 23 March and short-listed candidates will be invited for interview. The application process will remain open, however, until a suitable candidate is found.

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