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Studentships at Centre for Sustainable Heritage, UCL and English Heritage

From: David Thickett <david.thickett<-at->
Date: Thursday, August 8, 2013
Collaborative doctoral award studentship
"Application of Covers to Conserve Historic Marble and Metal

Centre for Sustainable Heritage
Bartlett School for Graduate Studies
University College London (UCL CSH)


English Heritage (EH), London

The Centre for Sustainable Heritage, Bartlett School for Graduate
Studies, University College London (UCL CSH) and English Heritage
(EH), London, are seeking applications for one fully funded
studentship on the topic "Application of Covers to Conserve Historic
Marble and Metal Monuments". Funded by the Arts and Humanities
Research Council (AHRC) through the Collaborative Doctoral
Partnerships Scheme, the three year PhD research programme will be
supervised jointly by UCL CSH


and EH Collections Conservation Team


This a prestigious studentship with the project focusing on historic
house gardens, designed with sculpture as an integral part and
feature of them. Particularly in the 18th Century, white marble
sculptures were popular, however, they do not survive well in the
industrial UK environment, with prolonged exposure roughening the
marble surface and leading to localised erosion. There was a
tradition of covering marble sculpture over winter in some historic
house gardens. Initial trials have shown this can be beneficial
depending on the local environment and particularly rainfall
distribution. Several designs of cover are possible and their
relative benefits are not obvious, e.g. while a high degree of
thermal buffering could be advantageous, it often increases the
relative humidity under the cover. The collaborative doctoral
project will address the following research questions:

    What is the history of cover use in UK gardens?

    What are visitor perceptions of covers?

    Can the design of covers for marble be optimised? What are the
    most suitable materials?

    Can the approach be extended to metal objects exposed outdoors
    especially in maritime locations?

The research project will require the student to use an exciting
range of research methods: historic research, audience research,
materials research and environmental monitoring.  English Heritage
will be providing some financial support to the student through a
contribution towards the students travel and related expenses
incurred in carrying out their research.  The research project will
enable the PhD student to seek employment in any multidisciplinary
environment: from academia to conservation, including engineering
and industry.  The student will have a good first degree in a
relevant discipline: conservation, material science or heritage
science, physics, chemistry, or engineering. Experience in data
analysis and with experimental design will be highly welcomed.

For further details contact

    Dr. Matija Strlic
    +44 20 3108 9036


    David Thickett

The AHRC Studentship will cover home fees and a stipend of up to a
maximum of UKP15,726 per year (current rate) for UK students or EU
students who have lived in the UK for 3 years prior to the award.
Overseas students may also be eligible if they fulfil a range of
residency requirements stipulated on the AHRC guidance. For detailed
terms and conditions see the RCUK Student Funding Guide


The application should include:

    A covering letter clearly stating that you wish to apply for
    this studentship

    The UCL graduate application form which can be downloaded via
    UCL's web site:


    Two academic references

    A copy of the applicant's degree certificate(s) and
    transcript(s) of degree(s),

    Proof of meeting the UCL English language proficiency
    requirements where necessary. Details of English language
    proficiency requirements can be found at


    A short research proposal (maximum 2000 words) written by taking
    into consideration the above research questions.

The award will be subject to the final approval of the Arts and
Humanities Research Council.

The applications should not be submitted by UCL online admissions
system. They should be sent directly to:

    Graduate Faculty Office
    (FAO A. Brown)
    Bartlett School of Graduate Studies
    Faculty of the Built Environment
    14 UpperWoburn Place
    London WC1E 0NN

UCL Taking Action For Equality.

Application deadline 23 September 2013.
Interviews 30 September 2013.

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