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Funded CDP students and projects

Following an application by the Science Museum Research and Public History Department, a consortium of the Science Museum Group Museums, BT Archives, the RGS-IBG and the Royal Society has been awarded twenty four AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral studentships over four years ( 2016 to 2019)

To learn more about other partners in the scheme and training available to current CDP students visit the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Website

For more details of the funding of these studentships please visit the AHRC website

2021 funding recommendations

In the most recent round the following projects were recommended for funding.

  • The Royal Society and Slavery in Jamaica, 1660-1713 (Royal Society/ Cambridge University)
  • Colonial science and military service: The West India Regiments and circum-Atlantic networks of knowledge, c.1815-c.1900 (RGS-IBG/ University of Warwick)
  • Race, ethnicity and telecommunications in Britain and its empire, 1850-present (BT Archives/ University of Exeter)
  • Curating Climate Change: Collecting and Displaying Ecological Crisis in UK Museums (Science Museum/ University of East Anglia)
  • Decolonizing the Master’s Gift: British Rail, decolonisation, and the International Market 1948-1991 (National Railway Museum/ University of Southampton)
  • Nineteenth-century science and the history of sonic possibility (National Science and Media Museum/ UCL)

Previous years’ recommendations



  • Chloe Shields, Eating On The Go: Cultures of Consumption and the Railway in Britain, 1840–1940 (National Railway Museum/ University of Strathclyde)

  • Natasha Kitcher, Media convergence before convergence: The case of the Electrophone (BT Archives/ Loughborough University)

  • Jayne Knight, A Museum within the Museum: The Kodak Collection at National Science and Media Museum (National Science and Media Museum/ University of Brighton)

  • Alexander Appleton, ‘Manchester Goods’: Trading a global commodity (Science and Industry Museum/ University of East Anglia)

  • Osnat Katz, From London to Mars, and Back to London: People, Objects and the History of UK Space Science (Science Museum/ UCL)

  • Francesca Strobino, Investigating Talbot’s Experiments in Photomechanical Printing (National Science and Media Museum/ DeMontfort University)


  • Ciaran Johnson, The Railways and the Making of Upland Britain: the Lifecycle of an Envirotechnical Regime (National Railway Museum/ University of Northumbria)
  • Henry Roberts, A History of Audience Thinking at the Science Museum (Science Museum/ University College London)
  • Rosanna Evans, Instrumental learning? Object lessons in recapturing past science teaching (Science Museum/ University of Leeds)
  • Rhiannon Lewis, Digitised collections and the social museum: the (re)use of images of objects in the collections of the Science Museum Group
  • Edward Wilson, Objects of Electronic Sound and Music in Museums (National Science and Media Museum/ University of Leeds)
  • Johanna Rustler, Britain’s Railways in the Great War, 1914-1918 (Science Museum/ University of Aberdeen)


  • Amanda Stevens, Home on the rails: the design, fitting and decoration of train interiors in Britain c.1920-1955, (National Railway Museum / Open University)
  • Georgina Lockton, Science, Technology and road safety in the motor age (Science Museum / Leicester University)
  • George Tobin, The Art of Earth-building: placing relief models in the culture of modern geography (Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers / University of Glasgow)
  • Rebecca Kearney, ‘False teeth for the masses’: artificial teeth as technologies, prostheses and commodities in Britain, 1848–1948 (Science Museum / University of Kent)
  • Cameron Tailford, Making electronics in interwar Britain: gendered labour in the thermionic valve industry (Science and Industry Museum / University of Leeds)
  • Power-assisted learning? Exhibiting, interpreting and teaching on technology in the twentieth-century industrial city (Science and Industry Museum / University of Manchester)
  • Sarah Murphy-Young, Constructing and consuming imagined futures: advertising healthcare to publics and professionals in twentieth-century Britain (Science Museum/ University of Leeds
  • Christ Freeman, Beaming the British Empire: the imperial wireless chain, c. 1900–1940 (BT Archives/ Science Museum/ University of Exeter)


  • Elizabeth Adams, Literary cultures, social networks and the railway worker, 1840–1920 (National Railway Museum/ University of Stirling)
  • Aron Sterk, Emanuel Mendes da Costa (1717–1791): multicultural and multinational networks in Georgian London (Royal Society and Science Museum/ University of Lincoln)
  • Joshua Scarlett, Instruments and their makers: a study of experiment, collaboration and identity in seventeenth-century London (Science Museum and Royal Society/ University of York)
  • Caroline Avery, Making the pulse: the reception of the stethoscope in nineteenth century Britain, 1817–1870 (Science Museum/ University of Leeds)
  • Joy Slappnig, The indigenous map: native information, ethnographic object, artefact of encounter (Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers / Royal Holloway, University of London)


  • Gemma Almond, Correcting vision in nineteenth-century England: A social, cultural, medical and material history of spectacles (Science Museum/ University of Swansea)
  • Kevin Tracey, Calculating value: using and collecting the tools of early modern mathematics (Science Museum/ University of Swansea)
  • Frances Morgan, Electronic Music Studios in musical, commercial and international perspective (Science Museum/ Royal College of Art)
  • Tom Ritchie, Meccano: The nuts and bolts of science (Science Museum/ University of Kent)
  • Dom Weldon, Mapping the Historical Growth & Cultural Context of the British Fixed Line Network (Science Museum/ BT Archives/ Kings College)
  • Rebecca Smith, The Daily Herald: Popular desires and managing the production of photographs (National Media Museum/ DeMontford University)
  • Sophie Vohra, Railways and Commemoration: Anniversaries, Commemorative Cultures and the Making of Railway History
    (National Railway Museum/ University of York)
  • Josh Butt, The rise and fall of the Manchester motor industry, 1896–1939 (Science and Industry Museum / Manchester Metropolitan University)


  • Benjamin Regal, Conserving doped fabric aircraft: historic origins; heritage outcomes (Science Museum/ Imperial College London)
  • Charlotte Connelly, Investigating the flow of electrical ideas through the instruments of their discovery, from 1800–1850 (Science Museum/ University of Cambridge)
  • Paul Coleman, Danger—High Voltage: the rise of megavolt electricity supply in 20th century Britain (Science and Industry Museum, Manchester/ University of Leeds)
  • Philip Roberts, Magic Lantern Culture in Britain (1850–1920): Exhibition, Reception and Mixed Media Landscapes (National Media Museum/ University of York)
  • Hannah Reeve, Women and the ‘railway family’ (1900–48) (National Railway Museum/ Keele University)


  • Caitlin Doherty, Representations of Flight: The Eighteenth Century Imagination and Modern Collections (Science Museum/ University of Cambridge)
  • Noeme Santana, Building an empire: corporate vision and the global geographies of infrastructure (Science Museum/ Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Laura Newman, Making germs real: creating, performing and learning about a dangerous invisible thing in the public sphere, c.1860–1930 (Science Museum/ Kings College London)
  • Rachel Boon, Jacob Ward, Alice Haigh, ‘Research is the door of tomorrow’: the networks and culture of the Post Office Research Stations, Dollis Hill and Martlesham, c. 1910–1983. A collection of three doctorates (Science Museum/ BT Archives/ University of Manchester/ University College London/ University of Leeds)
  • Thomas Spain, Food Miles: the Imaginings, Politics and Practices of Food Distribution in the UK, 1920–1975 (National Railway Museum/ University of York)
  • Emily Marsden, 2016: Media in the First World War (National Media Museum/ Durham University)
  • Erin Beeston, Spaces of industrial heritage: a history of uses, perceptions and remaking of the Liverpool Road Station site, Manchester (Science and Industry Museum, Manchester/ University of Manchester)