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Collaborative Doctoral Partnership

We 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 2016 we have offered 12 Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) studentships in partnership with universities, funded by the AHRC.

CDP Research Areas

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.

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.

Available collaborative PhD opportunities are provided below.

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

Available PhD studentships

The Evolution of Audley End

The Department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield and the English Heritage, are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded three-year doctoral grant 2017-20, to work on the archaeological archives from Audley End House, Essex.

Audley End house, currently in the care of English Heritage, is one of the most important country houses in England, and yet its archaeological archive (produced from excavations in the 1980s) has received surprisingly little academic attention. This Collaborative Doctoral Award studentship will seek to address this by examining the potential of the archaeological archive and surviving historical sources to reveal new information about Walden Abbey; understanding the initial nature of the conversion of the monastery into a house in the 1530s; and providing a contextual summary to the material culture of the successive households. This project will be supervised jointly by Dr Hugh Willmott (University of Sheffield) and Dr Charlotte Newman (English Heritage), and the student will be expected to spend time at both Sheffield and Wrest Park, Bedfordshire.

Further details and information on how to apply can be downloaded below.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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Phil Pollard
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