11th October 2018

Part-time MPhil Studentship

University of Bolton
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Closing date: 2nd November 2018

The Creation of a Historical Library Archive of the Lancashire Cotton Industry of National Standing at the University of Bolton

 Applications are invited for a part-time MPhil studentship, funded by the university in partnership with the Cotton Industry War Memorial Trust available from 1 October 2018 in the Centre for Worktown Studies at the University of Bolton.

The University Library has recently acquired a historical collection of printed materials concerning the Lancashire cotton industry. This Andrew Bullen collection complements the Library’s existing resources on textiles and the textiles industry which have been developed over many decades since the early nineteenth century. The collection is of regional importance and has the potential to attract external scholars and researchers. It also has the potential to support the University’s Centre for Worktown Studies which focusses on research on the socio-economic history of Lancashire cotton manufacture in inter-war Britain.  The overall aim of this studentship is to assist the University realize the potential of this collection and lay the possible foundation for the creation of an archive having National significance.

Major objectives of the studentship include organising, classifying and cataloguing the collection, integrating it with the university’s current textile resources, producing a web-based guide to the collection on the university’s web-site and linking this to other archives located in libraries in Greater Manchester and Lancashire including the Bolton Museum.

Applicants should have at least: a minimum 2.1 honours  UK undergraduate degree in social or economic British history or equivalent. Candidates with librarian and curatorial skills will also be considered.

Since this is a part-time studentship, the successful candidate will have to be able to attend the University on a regular basis in order to work with the archive and so preferably be located within the local region.

Prospective candidates can contact Professors Bob Snape (email: r.snape@bolton.ac.uk) or Richard Horrocks, email: a.r.horrocks@bolton.ac.uk) to arrange an informal discussion relating to this opportunity.

The student will receive UK/EU part-time tuition fees and a tax free bursary of £5,000 per annum for the 3 years’ duration of the project funded by both the university via its Jenkinson Fund and the Cotton Industry War Memorial Trust. Initially the research student will enrol for the degree of MPhil. There is a possibility that further funding may become available to extend the period of study to six years on a part time basis thereby enabling possible transfer to a PhD course.

 Application forms and further details are available via the following link:


Candidates are asked to submit the application form, as well as a covering letter describing your relevant experience and proposals regarding the research to be carried out. Please submit all of the above to Professor Richard Horrocks, email: a.r.horrocks@bolton.ac.uk in the first instance.

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