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Find out about the latest news about research opportunities, talks and conferences from the Science Museum Group.

Latest news posts

07 April 2015
Apply Now- New AHRC 3-year funded studentships being advertised
Calculating value: using and collecting the tools of early modern mathematics (Science Museum/ University of Swansea)

Electronic Music Studios in musical, commercial and international perspective (Science Museum/ Royal College of Art)

Mapping the Historical Growth & Cultural Context of the British Fixed Line Network (Science Museum/ BT Archives/ Kings College)

Railways and Commemoration: Anniversaries, Commemorative Cultures and the Making of Railway History
(National Railway Museum/ University of York)

The rise and fall of the Manchester motor industry, 1896-1939 (Museum of Science and Industry/ Manchester Metropolitan University)

Please follow the link for more information on our AHRC funded collaborative doctoral scheme

4 June 2014
AHRC 3-year funded PhD Studentship
Conserving Doped Fabric Aircraft: historic origins to heritage outcomes

Imperial College London/ Science Museum
Supervisors: Mary Ryan (Imperial) and Louisa Burden (Science Museum)

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship for three years offered as an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Collaborative Doctoral Award between Imperial College London and the Science Museum. This is an exciting opportunity for a science graduate with an interest in the arts to apply the principles of surface science to the conservation of materials in museum collections

Download details and information of how to apply

4 June 2014
Readvertisement: AHRC 3-year funded PhD Studentship
'Research is the Door to Tomorrow': The Post Office Research Station, Dollis Hill, c.1935-1970 

University of Manchester/ Science Museum, London/ BT Archives
Supervisors: Jeff Hughes (Manchester) and Tilly Blyth (Science Museum)

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD studentship on the mid-twentieth century history of the UK’s Post Office Research Station at Dollis Hill, London. The studentship will commence in September 2014, and is tenable for three years’ full-time study.

Download details and information on how to apply

25 February 2014
AHRC 3-year funded PhD Studentship 
Danger – High Voltage: the rise of megavolt electricity supply in 20th century Britain

University of Leeds/Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester (Science Museum Group)
Supervisors: Graeme Gooday (Leeds) and Alice Cliff (MOSI)

How did urban and rural publics respond to the risks and opportunities presented by high-voltage electricity? This PhD project will use archival materials (including advertising), popular literature, film and oral history to investigate the popular, visual and material culture of megavolt electricity supply in modern Britain.

Download details and information on how to apply

03 February 2014
AHRC 3-year funded PhD Studentship
Research Transplanted and Privatised: Post Office/British Telecom R&D in the Digital and Information Era

University College London/ Science Museum, London
Supervisors: Jon Agar (UCL)/ Tilly Blyth (Science Museum)

Interested in pursuing graduate-level research into the modern history of innovation? This studentship might be for you. 'Research Transplanted and Privatised: Post Office/British Telecom R&D in the Digital and Information Era' is funded by the AHRC and jointly supervised by the Science Museum, BT and University College London.

Download more details and information on how to apply

Previous news posts

04 December 2013
Science and Music Collaborative Collecting Project

Forte Piano? Casio VL-Tone? Electronium? Stratocaster? Revox?

What musical objects might be added to the Science Museum’s collections?

We are looking for people who know about and are passionate about music, musical instruments and the technologies of music to collaboratively develop ideas for the museum’s collections. See the Science and Music Collecting Project page for further details of how to get involved.

27 September 2013
Call for AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards in the Science Museum Group

The Science Museum Group (SMG) Museums along with BT Archives is launching this year’s call for proposals for the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme. We are looking for seven new PhD projects to run across the Group starting in autumn 2014. 

University academics interested in supervising a Collaborative Doctorate are invited to the Open House meetings, where you can meet representatives of all museums, galleries and archives with doctoral places to award:

All projects are required to involve a collaboration between a university-based researcher and a member of one of our museums’ (or BT Archives’) professional staff. Our Research & Public History Department can advise on potential internal collaborators; please contact

The deadline for project proposals will be 13 December 2013. These should be made to using the proposal form.

The successful projects will be announced at the end of January 2014.

For further information about AHRC CDAs see the AHRC website see

If you have any questions please contact

Arts & Humanities Research Council

13 August 2013
CFP BBC2: Origins; Influence; Audiences: A 50th Anniversary Conference

Science Museum, London, 25-26 April 2014

On the 20th April 1964 the BBC launched its second television channel: BBC2. Although the launch was a flop (due to a major power cut) the station soon became a fixture of UK broadcasting. This conference marks the 50th anniversary of BBC2, but is also timely in other ways. The way we view television programmes is changing at a startling rate, not only because of satellite and cable, but as a result of the convergence of television and internet technologies, producing services that audiences watch as and when they choose. With the shift in technology the way we study the history of the television must also change, as not only types of programmes, but the idea of a self-contained channel becomes a thing of the past. This conference engages with the example of BBC2 in a contribution to the history of how, as well as what, we access through television. Read More about this conference

17 July 2013
Freelance Technical Consultant/Project Manager (Science Museum Group e-journal) wanted

We are looking for a freelance technical consultant/project manager to oversee the technical production and delivery of the Science Museum’s new e-journal, a forum for publishing research associated with the Science Museum Group.

Download the full project scope

For further information, please email a CV and a brief cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to

Deadline for applications is 2nd August 2013

8 July 2013
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards in Science Museum Group/ BT Archives (now closed)

We are no longer accepting applications for this years CDAs but we are happy to discuss project ideas for the next round from October 2013.

17 May 2013
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards in Science Museum Group/ BT Archives

Applications for students starting September 2013 are now open!

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 24 AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral studentships over the next three years.

We are welcoming applications for the first 8 studentships dues to start in September 2013.

Click on the links below for details of individual studentships and how to apply:

For general questions about Collaborative Doctoral Awards in the Science Museum Group/ BT Archives email