PhD opportunity at out content provider The National Archives

University College London (UCL) and our content provider The National Archives have announced the availability of a fully funded collaborative doctoral studentship from October 2021, under the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme.

The topic is Charity and voluntary sector archives at risk: Conceptualising and contextualising a neglected archives sector. The project explores archives and records management practices across the UK voluntary sector. They constitute a neglected resource. In particular, the records of voluntary organisations, campaigning bodies and community groups preserve the histories of marginalised and disenfranchised individuals and communities, whose voices can go unheard. However, without the legal protection afforded to government records, charity archives also lack the financial resources and support networks that protect other private archives. Today, the voluntary sector faces the perfect storm: a major loss of income during the COVID-19 pandemic combined with unprecedented calls on organisations’ services. This is a timely and urgent project that draws on qualitative research with charity leaders to explore archives and records management practices across the voluntary sector. It will produce a practical action plan to address identified challenges, propose improvements to support infrastructure and contribute to The National Archives’ strategic vision for the archives sector.

This studentship is open to both UK home and international applicants.

Application deadline: Wednesday 26 May 2021

More information on eligibility, criteria and application procedures at:

Picture via the Voluntary Sector Archives.

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