University of Edinburgh and National Museums Scotland AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship 2017, UK

Publish Date: Apr 28, 2017

Deadline: May 12, 2017

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award - Loyal exchange: the material and visual culture of Jacobite exile, 1716-60

School of Art History, University of Edinburgh and National Museums Scotland (with Scottish National Portrait Gallery)

Loyal exchange: the material and visual culture of Jacobite exile, 1716-60


Professor Viccy Coltman, History of Art, University of Edinburgh and Dr Stuart Allan, Scottish History and Archaeology, National Museums Scotland.

The University of Edinburgh, in partnership with National Museums Scotland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (both members of the ‘Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium’ Collaborative Doctoral Partnership), is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified applicant for a full-time collaborative PhD studentship undertaking a study of the material and visual culture of Jacobite exile. The studentship will commence in autumn 2017.

Scottish collections reflect the significance of material and visual culture in articulating, promoting and prolonging the Jacobite cause in exile. By analysing contemporary documentary evidence contained in sources such as the Stuart Papers, family papers and other collections, the student’s research will track the movement of objects and images between the exiled Stuart court and their supporters in Scotland. By 1760, an intertwined material and visual language of Jacobite sympathy had emerged which endured thereafter in the romantic popular culture of the post-1760 Jacobite ‘lost cause’. This project will examine how that language was originally developed through networks of personal and symbolic exchange.

The School of History of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh is one of largest in the UK, renowned for its curatorial expertise as well as its world-leading publications. This is an opportunity to pursue an original doctoral research project within the School whilst working closely with National Museums Scotland expertise and collections.

The research will support future public programming activity at National Museums Scotland including future reinterpretation of Jacobite collections for new displays in the ‘Scotland’ galleries at the National Museum of Scotland, to be developed from 2018.

Partnership with the National Galleries of Scotland (Scottish National Portrait Gallery) will also ensure material culture research builds on existing knowledge of Jacobite portraiture, exploring the dialogue between objects and images.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their theoretical and organisational approach. Possible research questions include:

  • What new evidence is there for the production and exchange of Jacobite material through Scotland, Great Britain, Ireland and continental Europe?
  • How did this material sustain Jacobite political-dynastic claims and their semi-mystical underpinnings?
  • Who were the interlocutors facilitating this exchange?
  • How did this exchange promote the association of Jacobitism with Scotland, and the highlands in particular?
  • What relationship can be traced between portraiture and reproduction images, in prints and on objects?
  • What was the relationship between the ‘high’ iconography of the Jacobite court and the development of ‘popular’ material culture?
  • Is it possible to develop further a common methodology for categorising Jacobite material, not by media but by individuals and/or themes, through object biographies covering creation, manufacture, exchange and dissemination?


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree and a Master’s qualification in a relevant discipline.

Reading knowledge of French and/or Italian would be an advantage.

Due to restrictions on the funding this studentship is only open to candidates from the UK/EU.

Funding Details:

Funded by the AHRC through the Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium for 3 years full time or 5 years part time study.

Tuition fees at Home/EU rate (£4,195 in 2017/18).

Maintenance award at RCUK rates (£14,553 for 2017/18).

£550/year additional maintenance grant is available from the AHRC for CDP students.

Up to £1,000/year of additional support from National Museums Scotland towards travel and related research costs.

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