AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards: University of Southampton with the National Trust

12 May 2009

The Department of Music at the University of Southampton , together with The National Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, announce two fully-funded collaborative PhD studentships, commencing 1 October 2009.  These studentships are for the project:

Music Collections, Music Rooms and Musical Practice in British Country Houses, 1780-1860.

Closing date: 10 June 2009

This project aims to expand understanding of domestic musical practice in British country houses of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, investigating the intersections of space, material musical culture, musical repertory and performance practice characteristic of this milieu, and to create historically sensitive musical events and materials for dissemination through heritage bodies so that country house spaces 'sound' for contemporary visitors in informative and stimulating ways. The practical context for both studentships will be provided by the National Trust, principally through two major music collections still held in the houses in which they were first used, Tatton Park (Cheshire) and Killerton House (Devon).

Interviews: Late June (in Southampton); candidates for the second studentship may also be required to audition.

Project Supervisor: Professor Jeanice Brooks to whom any enquiries in advance of application should be addressed.

Details of awards and how to apply can bed found here.

For further information on the collaborating institutions see:

Department of Music, University of Southampton

The National Trust

Arts and Humanities Research Council


Arts & Humanities Research Council: Each year the AHRC provides approximately £100 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,000 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. Arts and humanities researchers constitute nearly a quarter of all research-active staff in the higher education sector. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. See Arts & Humanities Research Council website.