The Science Museum Group/ BT Archives AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme

Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

Following an application by the Science Museum Research & Public History Department, a consortium of the Science Museum Group Museums along with BT Archives has been awarded twenty four AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral studentships over three years (2012-2015)

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

*We have just launched the next round and are looking for CDP project proposals to start in Autumn 2015. The deadline is the 28th November 2014.* 

Download advice document and application form.

All proposals must be developed between an SMG/ BT supervisor and a HEI supervisor. To learn more or to submit an application please email:

List of CDP projects currently funded


Representations of Flight: The Eighteenth Century Imagination and Modern Collections (Science Museum/ University of Cambridge)

Building an empire: corporate vision and the global geographies of infrastructure (Science Museum/ Royal Holloway, University of London)

Making germs real: creating, performing and learning about a dangerous invisible thing in the public sphere, c.1860-1930 (Science Museum/ Kings College London)

‘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)

Britain’s Railways in the Great War, 1914-1918 (National Railway Museum/ University of Aberdeen)

Food Miles: the Imaginings, Politics and Practices of Food Distribution in the UK, 1920-1975 (National Railway Museum/ University of York)

2016: Media in the First World War (National Media Museum/ Durham University)

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)


Conserving doped fabric aircraft: historic origins; heritage outcomes (Science Museum/ Imperial College London)

Investigating the flow of electrical ideas through the instruments of their discovery, from 1800 – 1850 (Science Museum/ University of Cambridge)

Danger – High Voltage: the rise of megavolt electricity supply in 20th century Britain (Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester/ University of Leeds)

Magic Lantern Culture in Britain (1850 – 1920): Exhibition, Reception and Mixed Media Landscapes (National Media Museum/ University of York)

Women and the ‘railway family’ (1900- 48) (National Railway Museum/ Keele University)

Home on the rails: the design, fitting and decoration of train interiors in Britain c.1920-1955 (National Railway Museum/ Open University)