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AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award: ‘Circuits of Knowledge: The Royal Navy and the Caribbean, 1756-1815’

Published: 1 May 2010Origin: History

The deadline for this award has now passed. The University of Southampton, in partnership with the National Maritime Museum, London, has been awarded a collaborative doctoral studentship to study the role of the Royal Navy in collecting and disseminating knowledge about the British Caribbean, with particular reference to the period 1756-1815, when thousands of officers and men were deployed to the region as part of the struggle for global mastery.

School of Humanities, University of Southampton and the National Maritime Museum

This exciting project aims to explore the non-operational aspects of the Royal Navy’s encounter with the British Caribbean, including marital networks, patterns of socialising, and economic investments. It also aims to explore how Navy personnel represented the Caribbean and to assess how their observations of its climate, geography, wildlife, society, and manners impacted on British metropolitan understanding and perceptions of the region. In working with staff at the National Maritime Museum the successful student will have an opportunity to develop their own research profile and to gain insight into the process of bringing academic scrutiny and rigour to the presentation and dissemination of public history. They will also have the opportunity to contribute to the NMM’s website.

The supervisors are Professor John Oldfield (History), Dr Christer Petley (History), and Dr John McAleer  for the National Maritime Museum.

Required: a good honours degree and MA (or equivalent) in either History or a related discipline and a willingness to undertake interdisciplinary research.

  • The award consists of full postgraduate tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, plus a stipend (currently £13,290) for a maximum of three years, commencing in October 2010. CDA studentship holders also receive an additional payment of £500 per annum.
  • For further details, please see the full description of the project, email Professor John Oldfield ( or view information about the National Maritime Museum
  • Application is by cv; sample of written work (5,000 words max.); and a covering letter explaining why you feel you are suitable for this research project.
    Please also arrange for TWO academic references to be sent independently by the deadline.

All material should be sent to

Deadline: 22 May 2010.

Interviews will take on 8 June 2010.

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