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AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award: fully-funded PhD studentship

This deadline for this studentship is past - the information here is for example only.

Patronage, Acquisition and Display: Contextualising the Art Collections of Longford Castle during the Long Eighteenth Century

Birkbeck College, University of London (School of Arts) and The National Gallery, London

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD studentship researching the collecting and patronage of the Radnor family at Longford Castle during the long eighteenth century, drawing on both the collection itself and previously untapped archival material, largely housed at the Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office. The National Gallery enjoys a unique relationship with Longford Castle, which has made full access to these resources newly possible. This project will make a significant contribution to the history of taste, collecting and the country house in the long eighteenth century.

The studentship funding is subject to final confirmation by the AHRC but will be fully funded for three years full-time (or five years part-time) and will begin in October 2013.

This project will be supervised by Dr Kate Retford, Senior Lecturer in History of Art (Birkbeck College, University of London) and Dr Susanna Avery-Quash, Research Curator in the History of Collecting at the National Gallery.

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree and a Master’s qualification in History, History of Art, History of Collections, Country House Studies, Eighteenth-Century Studies or other relevant discipline, and will need to satisfy AHRC academic and residency eligibility criteria.

Applicants should complete the application form and send it to Anthony Shepherd, the administrator for the MPhil/PhD programmes in the School of Arts at Birkbeck College ( no later than 5.00pm on Friday 5th July 2013. Please note, this form asks applicants to provide the names and contact details of two academic referees (including one connected to the applicant’s most recent qualification). Applicants must also ask these referees to submit their references commenting on the candidate’s suitability for the award by the deadline.