PhD opportunity in parish libraries

Are you interested in the books that people read, thought about and collected in our local area hundreds of year ago? A new opportunity to investigate the parish libraries of Abingdon, Henley, Buckland and Didcot has just been announced at the University of Reading. These collections of books — some of which once belonged to medieval chained libraries — are now held at the University’s Special Collections. They offer a unique insight into the intellectual culture of the Thames Valley during the early modern period. We are looking for a PhD student to undertake a project on the parish libraries as part of the University of Reading Collections-Based Research Doctoral Training Programme.

Parish libraries

The successful candidate will have his or her fees paid and will receive a bursary of £3000 per year for three years (or part-time equivalent). The project is due to begin in October 2014 and the deadline for applications is 29 March. To find out more, please click here: Collections-based Studentship on four local parish libraries

For more information about the Parish Libraries and the Collections-Based Research Doctoral Training Programme, please follow the links.


About Cindy

Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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