PhD Opportunity: ‘Manchester Goods’, trading a global commodity: the role of the merchant community in the rise of Manchester as a world centre for cotton textiles in the 19th century

Location: Norwich (UEA)

Start Date: January 2020

Closes: (Deadline) 6/10/19

No. of positions available: 1

Hours: part time or full time

Contract: Contract

Supervisor: Prof E Griffin

Project description:

This collaborative doctoral award is jointly supervised between the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester and the School of History, UEA.

Manchester was the world’s foremost cotton textiles trading city between the early nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, playing a unique role as the engine for the international marketing and sale of Lancashire’s finished textiles. Using rich material in the Science and Industry Museum’s archive and other archives, this studentship will address the development of Manchester as a global trading powerhouse during Britain’s industrial revolution and down to the eve of World War One.

The student will have considerable autonomy to develop the project based on archival discoveries. In addition to developing academic skills, this studentship provides experience of work outside the academic environment. As a member of the Science and Industry Museum’s Curatorial & Archives team for the duration of the project, the student will have the opportunity to work alongside curators, archivists and conservators and gain first-hand experience of collections management, exhibitions and public programmes, as well as curatorial skills including object handling.

For more information on the project’s supervisor, please visit:

Prof E Griffin:

Prof A Howe:

Type of programme: PhD

Start date of project: January 2020

Mode of study: part time or full time

Studentship length: funded period: 3 years (or part time equivalent)

Person specification:

Acceptable first degree: History or another relevant subject in the Humanities.

The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1 plus a a Masters degree in History or a closely allied discipline.


This studentship is funded by the AHRC via a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Award between the Science Museum Group (SMG) and UEA. It is funded for 3 years (full-time) and pays tuition fees up to the value of the full-time home/EU rate for PhD degrees plus full maintenance for UK citizens and residents only. The maintenance stipend will be around £15,559. The successful candidate will also have access to the Student Development Fund which allows up to 6 months’ extension to undertake related placements and training. The SMG will provide an additional £3,500 over 3.5 years towards agreed research expenses.

See advert on for where to apply.

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