Collaborative Doctoral Partnership
Historic England and the English Heritage Trust hold a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Between 2013 and 2019 we have an allocation of 21 AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) studentships (three per year).
A panel consisting of internal and external experts will judge the proposals and those that are successful will be advertised as studentships to find suitably qualified students in spring 2019.
The studentships themselves will start in October 2019.
For further information on the CDP programme please contact Phil Pollard, Postgraduate Research and Skills Officer, using the contact details at the bottom of this page.
Current studentship opportunities
Interpretation of Hadrian's Wall
English Heritage and Sheffield Hallam University are pleased to announce a three year Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD studentship fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council entitled “Shaping bespoke visiting experiences by interpreting the multiplicity of Hadrian’s Wall.”
This practice-based PhD project will develop innovative reinterpretations of a UNESCO world heritage site, contributing to an understanding of heritage, design and audience engagement.
Hadrian’s Wall is a complex, trans-historical monument with significant multiple pasts and presents, expressed by many voices. Yet, this diversity of voices is barely reflected in the contemporary presentation of the Wall, which focusses on the Roman period.
The successful candidate will be supported to develop new, experimental digital interpretive interventions, reflecting the multiple histories of the site and complementing the traditional single-narrative interpretation already in place. The interventions will pair a broader, trans-historical, multi-focal understanding of place with a nuanced understanding of the Wall’s visitorship and may incorporate aspects of personalization, multisensoriality and physical experience of place to provide visitors with bespoke experiences.
The student will have access to Sheffield Hallam’s state-of-the-art technologies for the development of interactive installations; and to English Heritage’s Hadrian’s Wall site portfolio, relevant historical research and interpretive expertise.
For further information on the project and the specific research questions it seeks to answer; and to find details on how to apply for this studentship please see the full advert document which can be downloaded below:
English Heritage and the University of York, Department of Archaeology are pleased to announce a three year Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD studentship fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council which will look at the contemporary significance of graffiti at historical sites.
Historic graffiti can provide information on past lives, and the use of and values attached to particular spaces over time and this PhD research project will create a typology of graffiti types from sites across English Heritage’s northern estate. Working alongside contemporary graffiti artists however can help us to build new interpretations, and see these historic spaces and their graffiti from different perspectives; and so for the first time the successful student will work alongside curators and contemporary graffiti artists to examine historic graffiti from the perspective of contemporary ‘mark making’ activities.
This research will help answer the central questions of why graffiti matter and to whom; and how understanding graffiti and the processes by which they are made can help better inform their future management and wider appreciation.
For further information on the project and the specific research questions it seeks to answer; and to find details on how to apply for this studentship please see the University of York website.
How we identify CDP research topics
Each year we will open a call for proposals which invites university academics to develop a PhD project proposal, in collaboration with a named member of Historic England or English Heritage staff who will act as the co-supervisor for the eventual PhD student.
These project proposals must match one of the CDP Research Areas we have identified for that year's call; and will:
- Advance the protection of the historic environment
- Advance understanding and interpretation of the nationally important sites in the care of English Heritage
- Be an area where we would not otherwise be able to carry out research ourselves alone.
All proposals received are assessed by an expert panel, and three successful proposals will be taken forward as PhD studentships, which are then advertised to potential students to start in October of the next academic year.
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. 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.
Published PhD theses from our Collaborative Doctoral Partnership students
- Lithic Scatters and Landscape Occupation in the Late Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic: A Case Study from Eastern England Lawrence Billington, University of Manchester. August 2017.
- Religious Heritage in Transition: Sikh Places of Worship in England Clare Canning, University of Leicester. June 2017
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
Lead 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
Lead 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
Lead 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
Lead 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
Lead 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
Lead 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
Lead 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
Lead Supervisors: David McOmish, Development Analyst and Polydora Baker, Senior Zooarchaeologist (Historic England); and Dr Umberto Albarella, Dept. of Archaeology, University of Sheffield
Paving a Way for Deaf Heritage
Research Student: Gemma Shannahan
Lead Supervisors: Rosie Sherrington, Policy Adviser-Social Inclusion and Diversity (Historic England); Dr Claire Shaw, Dept. of History, University of Warwick 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
Lead 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 Smith
Lead 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
Lead 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
Lead 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
Lead 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
Lead Supervisors: Dr David Thickett, Senior Conservation Scientist (English Heritage) and Dr Marianne Odlyha, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Birkbeck College London
CDP Cohort Six (2018 - 2022)
Heritage Data Analytics - Sustainable Strategies for large and complex stratigraphic and chronometric data
Research Student: Bryony Moody (commences Oct 2018)
Lead Supervisors: Keith May, Heritage Information Strategy Advisor (Historic England); and Prof. Caitlin Buck Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sheffield
Managing archaeological loss in the face of coastal change
Research Student: Tanya Venture (commences Oct 2018)
Lead Supervisors: Dr Hannah Fluck, Head of Environmental Research (Historic England) and Dr Caitlin DeSilvey, Dept. of Geography, University of Exeter
Roman Coins from Hadrian's Wall and the Northern Frontier Zone
Research Student: Doug Carr (commences Oct 2018)
Lead Supervisors: Frances McIntosh, Curator of Collections, Corbridge (English Heritage); Dr James Gerrard, Dept. of Archaeology, Newcastle University and Dr Peter Guest, Dept of Archaeology, Cardiff University