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PhD Studentship at University of Birmingham

The History of the Metals Industry in Birmingham and the Black Country c.1700 to c.1850

University of Birmingham – Centre for West Midlands History, School of History and Cultures

Location: Birmingham
Salary: Up to £12,000
Hours: Full Time
Contract: Contract/Temporary
Placed on: 23rd June 2014
Closes: 21st July 2014

The Centre for West Midlands History at the University of Birmingham invites applications for a funded doctoral studentship, tenable from September 2014. The award is generously funded by an alumnus of the University of Birmingham.

The successful applicant will research an aspect of the history of the metals industry during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries using archives in the Library of Birmingham and other local, national and university record offices. Despite the important contributions which Birmingham and the Black Country have made to business and technological history, there are few studies of the local metals industry (with the exception of iron and steel) and primary sources remain under used. The work undertaken by the award holder will add to our understanding of how local industries and businesses have contributed to the history of the West Midlands, the importance of technology and technology transfer and/or the development of business cultures. Applicants are not restricted to the study of any particular industry, business or locality, but are required to focus their attention primarily upon Birmingham and/or the Black Country.

Eligibility for the Award

Applicants should normally have, or be studying for, a Master’s degree in History, the History of Science and Technology, Economics, Science, Engineering or a related discipline. Extensive experience of using archives for historical research is essential.

Value of the Award

The award is for three years full-time or six years part-time study. Students will receive an income of just over £12,000 p.a. (full-time) or £6,000 p.a. (part-time), excluding fees. Fees are paid separately and the student does not need to cover them.


Further details are available by contacting Dr Malcolm Dick, Director of the Centre for West Midlands History at the University of Birmingham: m.m.dick@bham.ac.uk or 0121 415 8253 or visit the website here.

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