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PhD Studentship - Interpretation at Hadrians Wall

  English Heritage and Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield
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  Apply before: 26/05/2019
Responsibility Level:  Trainee   L 2  L 3  L 3/4  L 4  L 4/5  L 5  L 5/6  L 6  L 7
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Course title:   Shaping bespoke visiting experiences by interpreting the multiplicity of Hadrian’s Wall.

Organisation: Historic England administer the scheme, the studentship is supervised by English Heritage and Sheffield Hallam University

Supervisors: Daniela Petrelli (Sheffield Hallam University, Art & Design Research Centre) Andrew Roberts (Properties Historian, English Heritage)

Project Overview 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. Academic studies (Hingley, R. Hadrian’s Wall: A Life, Oxford University, 2012) have recognised the significance of the Wall’s multiple pasts and presents and explored its many voices: from military garrisons drawn from across the Roman world to the early archaeologists who rediscovered it, and the visitors and residents who were inspired by it physically, spiritually and poetically. 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 on the Wall.

Funding Notes

The PhD studentship provides a tax-free stipend, at the national minimum doctoral rate, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate of £4,327. The stipend for 2019/20 is £15,009. The studentship is a 3.5-year award including a “Student Development Fund” ( equivalent to 0.5 years of funding. An additional travel and related expenses grant from the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, worth up to £6000, is available during the course of the project.


• This studentship is open to UK/EU students who meet the residency requirements set out in the UKRI Conditions of Research Council Training Grants -
• Applicants should have a minimum of a good honours degree in a relevant subject and ideally will also have or expect to receive a relevant Masters-level qualification.
• A practice-based PhD submission consists of a 40,000 words thesis and a documented body of creative practice. Applicants therefore need to demonstrate an ability to explore creative engagement in a heritage context. This can be narrative-based, visual-based or interaction-based.
• We are interested in candidates with relevant practical experience e.g. working on exhibition design, heritage interpretation or associated relevant creative practices, including appropriate research skills.
• You will have an interest in the heritage sector and enthusiasm for developing skills in the areas of design, digital technology and interaction.
• Sheffield Hallam University and English Heritage are committed to equality and diversity.
• Part time study will be considered.

How to apply

An application form can be found here: Note that candidates can write a research proposal up to 2000 words and should include a section outlining how the project is tailored to their particular strengths and research interests. The proposal should include a short overview of current knowledge and context, referencing key background literature and discuss a methodology or approach. Please provide a short CV outlining any relevant projects undertaken over the last 5 years.

E-mail completed applications to by 12 noon on Sunday 26 May 2019.

Application details:

Start Date of Studentship: 1 October 2019
Closing Date of Advert: 26 May 2019
Interview Dates: w/c 10 June 2019

For Further Enquiries contact:

Prof Daniela Petrelli
Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Andrew Roberts
English Heritage




Please quote BAJR in your application.

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