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Collaborative Doctoral Partnership

Historic England and the English Heritage Trust hold a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); which we were awarded over two rounds of competition. Between 2013 and 2019 we have an allocation of 21 AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) studentships (3 per year).

Call for Proposals

We are currently seeking proposals for CDA studentship projects from university academic staff in partnership with a member of Historic England or English Heritage staff.

These project proposals must match one of the CDP Research Areas we have identified below and should be made by a university based researcher in collaboration with a named member of staff from Historic England or English Heritage, who will act as the co-supervisor for the studentship.Three successful proposals will be taken forward as PhD studentships to commence in October 2018.

The CDP Research Areas we would like proposals to be submitted against are:

1. Heritage Data Analytics
Improving the re-use potential of digital heritage data so it can best be collected, analysed and presented to enable an increase in the overall knowledge dividends for understanding and managing the historic environment

2. Archaeological sites affected by coastal erosion
Gaining a better understanding of risk to different site types on different coastal landforms and developing suitable management and mitigation strategies

3. Heritage Destruction
To reflect and interrogate Historic England’s unique status as a guardian of our heritage, and the incredible photographic evidence of heritage destruction the Historic England Archive holds

4. The Stories of English Heritage
Understanding the historic and on-going relationship between visitors and English Heritage sites

5. Coin supply, use and loss in the Military Zone in Roman Britain
Examining the collections from Hadrian’s Wall

6. English Heritage at Play
Researching the impact of “play” on the visitor experience

Below you can download further details on the kind of research we are looking for under each of these Areas; as well as the Proposal Form and guidance on how to complete it.

If you require further information please contact Phil Pollard, Postgraduate Research and Skills Officer, using the details at the bottom of this page.

Closing date for proposals is 24th November 2017.

PhD Studentships Currently Available

Opportunities to apply for PhD studentships are advertised each Spring.  

There are currently no opportunities available.

How We Identify CDP Research Topics

These studentships are based on research areas we have identified because they will:

  • Advance the protection of the historic environment
  • Advance understanding and interpretation of the nationally important sites in the care of English Heritage 
  • Are in areas we would not otherwise be able to carry out research on by ourselves alone.

They are supervised by both Historic England and English Heritage experts in partnership with University academics and are selected through a competitive process.

The CDP programme provides the perfect opportunity to align practical research with heritage protection outcomes. It also provides skills-sharing to students planning careers in heritage research and management; and by doing that, it helps to address skills shortages in the heritage profession.

Summaries of PhD research projects already in progress can be found at the bottom of the page.


CDP Cohort One (2013-15)

Defining the Potential of Ploughzone Lithic Scatters for Interpretation of the Final Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Landscape
Research Student: Lawrence Billington
Supervisors: Dr Jonathan Last, Landscape Strategy Manager (Historic England) and Dr Chantal Conneller, Dept. of Archaeology (University of Manchester)

Application of Covers to Conserve Historic Marble and Metal Monuments
Research Student: Melanie Keable
Supervisors: David Thickett, Senior Conservation Scientist (English Heritage) and Dr Matija Strlic, Institute for Sustainable Heritage (University College London)

Religious Heritage in Transition: Sikh Places of Worship in England
Research Student: Clare Canning
Supervisors: Dr Linda Monckton, Historic Environment Intelligence Analyst: Social Impacts (Historic England) and Dr Ruth Young & Miss Deirdre O'Sullivan, Dept. of Archaeology (University of Leicester)

CDP Cohort Two (2014-17)

Interpreting Loss of Data from Metal Artefact Decay (rates, reasons and conservation management implications)
Research Student: Samantha Rowe
Supervisors: Dr Amanda Chadburn, Senior National Rural & Environmental Adviser (Historic England) and Dr Glenn Foard, Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (University of Huddersfield)

English Office Buildings c1900 - 1939
Research Student: Jon Clarke
Supervisors: Kathryn Morrison, Assessment Team Manager East (Historic England) and Dr Frank Salmon, Dept. of History of Art (University of Cambridge)

Westminster on Sea: the political and cultural significance of Osborne House, Isle of Wight
Research Student: Lee Butcher
Supervisors: Dr Andrew Hann, Properties Historian's Team Leader (English Heritage) and Professor David Green, Dept. of Geography (Kings College London)

CDP Cohort Three (2015-18)

A Reassessment of Tooth Wear for Determining Age at Death in British Archaeological Remains
Research Student: Sammy Field
Supervisors: Dr Simon Mays, Human Skeletal Biologist (Historic England) and Dr Sonia Zakrzewski, Dept. of Archaeology (University of Southampton)

Livestock and Landscape: changing husbandry, livestock improvement and landscape enclosure in late and post-medieval England
Research Student: Tamsyn Fraser
Supervisors: Andrew Lowerre, Archaeologist-Spatial Analysis(Historic England); Polydora Baker, Senior Zooarchaeologist and Dr Umberto Albarella, Dept. of Archaeology (University of Sheffield)

Paving a Way for Deaf Heritage
Research Student: Gemma Shannahan
Supervisors: Rosie Sherrington, Policy Adviser-Social Inclusion and Diversity (Historic England); Dr Claire Shaw, Dept. of Russian and Dr Mike Gulliver, Dept. of History (University of Bristol)

CDP Cohort Four (2016 - 2020)

Heritage BIM: New ways of digital data management for the historic built environment
Research Student: Joanna Hull
Supervisors: Paul Bryan, Geospatial Imaging Manager (Historic England) and Dr Ian J. Ewart, School of the Built Environment (University of Reading)

'Beyond the List': Critical Examination of impact of statutory and non-statutory heritage lists on the national management of heritage in England
Research Student: Claire Price
Supervisors: Dr Joseph Flatman, Head of Listing Programmes (Historic England) and Dr Gill Chitty, Dept. of Archaeology (University of York)

Army communities at Roman Richborough: an analysis of the Roman military assemblage
Research Student: Philip Smither
Supervisors: Joanne Gray, Collections Curator: Dover (English Heritage) and Dr Ellen Swift, Dept. of Classical & Archaeological Studies (University of Kent)

CDP Cohort Five (2017 - 2021)

Archaeological Palaeoenvironmental Archives: Challenges and Potential
Research Student: Paul Flintoft
Supervisors: Duncan H Brown - Head of Archaeological Archives (Historic England) and Professor Martin Bell, Dept. of Archaeology (University of Reading)

The Evolution of Audley End
Research Student: Caitlin Scott
Supervisors: Charlotte Newman, Collections Curator (English Heritage) and Dr Hugh Willmott, Dept. of Archaeology (University of Sheffield)

Optimisation of Environmental Control in Museum Collections of Bone and Ivory 
Research Student: Chloe Pearce
Supervisors: Dr David Thickett, Senior Conservation Scientist (English Heritage) and Dr Marianne Odlyha, Dept. of Biological Sciences (Birkbeck College London)

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Phil Pollard
Phil Pollard

Postgraduate Research & Skills Officer

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