Ahrc Collaborative PhD Award PhD Studentship for The English Leather Industry During The Long 19th Century

University of Cambridge, UK has an opening PhD position in archaeology. The deadline to apply is January 07, 2020.

Applications are invited for an AHRC CDA doctoral studentship offered by the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, to start in the October or January of the 2020-21 academic year.

The studentship will be based in the Department of Archaeology. The successful applicant, will work on a collaborative project co-led by Professor Matthew Collins (, Department of Archaeology and co-supervisor Dr Graham Lampard, National Leather Collection.

The studentship will involve exploring three aspects of the leather Industry during the long 19th century using the National Leather Collection which was established in 1946 and funded by the Livery Companies to document a by-then declining industry.

i. The economy of leather, combining published research with data from the Livery Companies archives, and contemporary trade journals, supported by occupational data and data from trade directories.

ii. The experiences of tanners both as individuals and members of an industry that was often derided. The PhD student will contextualise oral and written archives within the legal framework of the industry, benefiting from the Museum’s close association with the Livery Companies and their active volunteer program, which includes leathercraft and experimental reproduction.

iii. The material culture of the industry, using the Museum’s collections which reflect all aspects of the industry (notably from the long 19th century). As part of their studies PhD student will be encouraged to explore biomolecular and image analysis, for example, to establish using proteomics the extent to which leathers are actually made from the species claimed such as ‘chicken skin’. Indeed, historical evidence suggests that ‘kid’ glove leather was in the 1950’s made from sheepskin.

Further details of the project and its aims can be found on the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP website:

Full DTP studentships, for candidates who meet the AHRC residency requirements, will provide an annual maintenance grant to cover living costs (15,009 pa at current rates) and will fully cover university tuition fees.

Fees-only studentships are available for applicants ordinarily resident in an EU country other than the UK, but applicants can also apply for maintenance grant funding from other sources. For more details, see:

All applications will need to be made through the University Graduate Application Portal:

Whilst making your online application please make clear that you are applying for ‘The English Leather Industry during the long 19th century’ and the supervisor leading the project Professor Collins. When applying for study through the Graduate Applicant Portal, you must indicate that you would like to be considered for funding and complete the AHRC section under “Funding”. You will also need to complete the OOC DTP Application Form and upload it as an additional document when completing your application through the portal. Application fee of 60 applies.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please visit

Informal enquiries about the project should be directed to the University supervisor (

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.


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