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Collaborative doctoral awards

Following an application by the Science Museum Research & Public History Department, a consortium of the Science Museum Group Museums, BT Archives, the RGS-IBG and the Royal Society has been awarded eighteen AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral studentships over three years (starting 2016, 2017 and 2018)

To learn more about other partners in the scheme and training available to current CDP students visit the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Website

For more details of the funding of these studentships please visit the AHRC website


We are pleased to announce a call for proposals for Collaborative Studentships to start in the academic year 2017/18. 

This year's deadline is 4pm Friday 25 November 2016

For further details of this year's SMAC themes and how to apply, please download the SMAC CDP Guidance Document (pdf). You can also download the CDP Application Form (Word) 

Please note that we expect all projects to have been developed in collaboration with an SMAC museum or archive partner. Contact details for the relevant organisation can be found in the SMAC Guidance Document. 

List of CDP students and projects currently funded


  • Literary Cultures, Social Networks and the Railway Worker, 1840-1920 (University of Stirling/ National Railway Museum)
  • Emanuel Mendes da Costa (1717-1791): multicultural and multinational networks in Georgian London (University of Lincoln/ Royal Society/ Science Museum)
  • Instruments and their makers: A study of experiment, collaboration and identity in seventeenth-century London (University of York/ Science Museum)
  • Making the pulse": the Reception of the Stethoscope in nineteenth century Britain, 1817-1870 (University of Leeds/ Science Museum)
  • The indigenous map: native information, ethnographic object, artefact of encounter (Royal Holloway/ Royal Geographical Society)
  • The Cultures of Radio Research in India, 1890-1947 (University of Exeter/ BT Archives)


  • Gemma Almond, Correcting vision in nineteenth-century England: A social, cultural, medical and material history of spectacles (Science Museum/ University of Swansea)
  • Kevin Tracey, Calculating value: using and collecting the tools of early modern mathematics (Science Museum/ University of Swansea)
  • Frances Morgan, Electronic Music Studios in musical, commercial and international perspective (Science Museum/ Royal College of Art)
  • Tom Ritchie, Meccano: The nuts and bolts of science (Science Museum/ University of Kent)
  • Dom Weldon, Mapping the Historical Growth & Cultural Context of the British Fixed Line Network (Science Museum/ BT Archives/ Kings College)
  • Rebecca Smith, The Daily Herald: Popular desires and managing the production of photographs (National Media Museum/ DeMontford University)
  • Sophie Vohra, Railways and Commemoration: Anniversaries, Commemorative Cultures and the Making of Railway History
    (National Railway Museum/ University of York)
  • Josh Butt, The rise and fall of the Manchester motor industry, 1896-1939 (Museum of Science and Industry/ Manchester Metropolitan University)


  • Benjamin Regal, Conserving doped fabric aircraft: historic origins; heritage outcomes (Science Museum/ Imperial College London)
  • Charlotte Connelly, Investigating the flow of electrical ideas through the instruments of their discovery, from 1800 – 1850 (Science Museum/ University of Cambridge)
  • Paul Coleman, Danger – High Voltage: the rise of megavolt electricity supply in 20th century Britain (Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester/ University of Leeds)
  • Philip Roberts, Magic Lantern Culture in Britain (1850 – 1920): Exhibition, Reception and Mixed Media Landscapes (National Media Museum/ University of York)
  • Hannah Reeve, Women and the ‘railway family’ (1900- 48) (National Railway Museum/ Keele University)
  • Alison Rees, Home on the rails: the design, fitting and decoration of train interiors in Britain c.1920-1955 (National Railway Museum/ Open University)


  • Caitlin Doherty, Representations of Flight: The Eighteenth Century Imagination and Modern Collections (Science Museum/ University of Cambridge)
  • Noeme Santana, Building an empire: corporate vision and the global geographies of infrastructure (Science Museum/ Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Laura Newman, Making germs real: creating, performing and learning about a dangerous invisible thing in the public sphere, c.1860-1930 (Science Museum/ Kings College London)
  • Rachel Boon, Jacob Ward, Alice Haigh, ‘Research is the door of tomorrow’: the networks and culture of the Post Office Research Stations, Dollis Hill and Martlesham, c. 1910-1983. A collection of three doctorates (Science Museum/ BT Archives/ University of Manchester/ University College London/ University of Leeds)
  • Tanya Kenny, Britain’s Railways in the Great War, 1914-1918 (National Railway Museum/ University of Aberdeen)
  • Thomas Spain, Food Miles: the Imaginings, Politics and Practices of Food Distribution in the UK, 1920-1975 (National Railway Museum/ University of York)
  • Emily Marsden, 2016: Media in the First World War (National Media Museum/ Durham University)
  • Erin Beeston, Spaces of industrial heritage: a history of uses, perceptions and remaking of the Liverpool Road Station site, Manchester (Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester/ University of Manchester)