Bournemouth University's "Performing the Past" Fully Funded PhD Studentship 2019-2022, UK

Bournemouth University


May 12, 2019


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Performing the Past: participant based experimental archaeology as part of research, education and practice”

This project aims to explore the value of experimental engagement within heritage outreach. Specifically, it will investigate experimental archaeology as a tool for the dissemination of archaeological knowledge through research led ‘performances’. Public engagement is central to the archaeological process and this ambitious project seeks to explore the potential of combining public outreach and active, inquiry-led research.

The PhD project will involve the development and implication of a programme of public engagement that explores early crafts and technologies, carried out in partnership with the Hengistbury Head Visitors centre (part of Bournemouth Borough Council). The method is centred on a series of citizen science projects that will explore prehistoric technologies and outreach opportunities in partnership with heritage volunteers, that seek to understand life in the past alongside the performative aspects of ancient communities.

The project will include research into the selection and transformation of local resources into material goods that were used and traded through the prehistoric port at Hengistbury Head alongside aspects of reconstruction and digitisation. These projects will utilise direct participation of heritage volunteers and visitors to the site and the process of engagement will be explored and recorded. This dual approach method will allow clear links to be drawn between research, performance and pedagogy in an innovative way.

The research project will work alongside colleagues at Hengistbury Head to plan and deliver the programme of engagement and outreach. It draws on the strengths and ambitions of both partners in that Hengistbury Head is the ideal locale for heritage engagement and BU has a track record of experimental archaeological and outreach research. The successful candidate will work alongside heritage professionals to plan, implement and deliver this programme. 


A fully-funded Studentship includes a maintenance grant of £15,000 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months.

Associated costs, such as for fieldwork and conference attendance, will also be met under the Studentship.

Full entry requirements

The PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and International students. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:

  • outstanding academic potential as measured by either a 1st class honours degree or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component) for candidates for whom English is not their first language

In addition to satisfying minimum entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful completion.

Applicants will be asked to submit an online application form and a proposal (c. 1500 words) outlining their understanding of the project for which they are applying, the approach they would envisage taking and what qualities they will bring to the research community.

Please note:

  • Current BU Doctoral students are not eligible to apply for a Studentship
  • Current MRes/MPhil students can apply, subject to satisfactory completion of their Research Degree prior to being able to take up the award
  • PhD Studentships cannot be used to support BU staff to complete doctoral programmes

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April 01, 2019