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Three New Collaborative Doctoral Awards supervised by Chatsworth House and the University of Sheffield

From Servants to Staff: the Whole Community in the Chatsworth Household 1700-2000

We are delighted to announce three AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Awards co-supervised by Chatsworth House and the University of Sheffield

Application deadline: 12pm, Thursday 23 April 2015
Interviews: interviews will take place on 11 May 2015

Project Description

The aim of this project is to use the extensive archival materials in the Devonshire Collection in order to gain an understanding of the wider community who have lived and worked at Chatsworth over the past three centuries, brought together by relationships of work and service. It will employ an interdisciplinary linguistic-historical approach to explore the changing relationship between masters and servants between 1700 and 2000.

Key research questions to be addressed include:

  • how has the language used about servants and estate workers in these archives changed across this time?
  • how have the working conditions of those employed in and around the house changed?
  • how has Chatsworth functioned as a community at different times?
  • how can Chatsworth represent the stories of the people who have worked for the Cavendish family in an ethical and engaging manner?

The project comprises three interconnected PhD projects, each focusing on a different century. Each will be a coherent project in its own right, but taken together the three projects will chart a compelling narrative across three centuries of social and economic change.

 Studentship Descriptions

  • Community, Conflict and Change at Chatsworth, 1700-1820
  • A Community of Masters and Servants? Chatsworth, 1811-1914
  • The Making of a Modern Estate: Employment & Service at Chatsworth in the 20th Century

For more information on the studentships available, award details and eligibility please visit: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/phd/chatsworth

Digital Panopticon

Extended deadline for our Digital Transformations PhD Project Studentships!

We are pleased to announce three new PhD studentships for 2014 entry attached to the AHRC funded Digital Transformations project, ‘The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925’ a collaborative project between the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield, Oxford, Sussex, and Tasmania.

The project seeks to use innovative digital methodologies to investigate the penal outcomes of those convicted at the Old Bailey, by comparing imprisonment in Britain with transportation from Britain to Australia.

Deadline for applications: Monday 28 July 2014

Supervisor: Professor Bob Shoemaker

Find out more and apply here.

Studentship one: ‘The Social and Spatial Worlds of Old Bailey Convicts, 1785-1875’

This studentship will investigate the social and geographical origins and destinations of men and women convicted at the Old Bailey between 1785 and 1875, in order to shed light on patterns of mobility, the causes of crime, and understandings of identity in early industrial Britain.

Studentship two: ‘Criminal Recidivism in 18th and 19th-Century London’

The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries witnessed the development of the concepts of habitual offending and the criminal class. Taking advantage of the extensive records of both petty and serious crime digitised and linked together by the Digital Panopticon project, this studentship will investigate these phenomena from the perspective of the judicial records, by tracing the incidence and character of repeat offending.

Studentship three: ‘The Impact of Digital Resources in the History of Crime’

This project will examine the impact of the widespread availability of digital resources on attitudes towards crime and its history. Core case studies will include the Old Bailey Proceedings Online, Founders and Survivors (records of the 73,000 men women and children who were transported to Tasmania), and the Digital Panopticon website.

New British Library PhD Studentship on ‘The Printed Image 1750-1850’

We are pleased to announce another fully funded PhD studentship for 2014 entry!

This studentship on ‘The Printed Image 1750-1850: towards a Digital History of Printed Book Illustration’ is a collaborative award with the University of Sheffield and the British Library.

Visual culture was transformed by changes in printing technology in the 100 years after 1750. Supervised jointly by Dr Karen Harvey (Sheffield) and Dr James Baker (British Library) this digital humanities project rethinks why, how, and in what ways technology shaped the nature and meaning of book illustration between the mid-eighteenth and mid-nineteenth century.

Deadline: Friday 11 July 2014

Supervisors: Dr Karen Harvey (Sheffield) and Dr James Baker (British Library)

Find out more and apply here.