Many museums in the industrial heritage sector have working displays that give visitors insights into the skills and experience of workers. Many of these rely on the museum having skilled employees who are able to support them. Because the industries in which those people learned their skills may no longer exist or survive only in a much-reduced form in the UK, these museums often face a challenge maintaining working displays.
This PhD project is part of an international, cross-disciplinary project at NTU that draws on Psychology, Computing, Art and Design and Humanities to address this problem, the Industrial Crafts Research Network. It will establish and test principles through which such skills can be captured and analysed in museum environments.
The candidate will work with three leading researchers to analyse the human and mechanical elements of these skilled practices via a combination of methods. These may include interview, task analysis and motion capture. They will deploy the results of this work in virtual settings such as scrollable videos to explore its application in museums both for audience engagement and knowledge transfer. The English textile industry has a central place in the industrial history of the UK and provides the setting and subject matter for the study. The candidate will work closely with museum and industrial partners in the Midlands and North of England.
We welcome applications from a wide range of academic domains, providing the candidate has interest or experience in one or more of the following: task analysis, video editing, visualisation, user research. They will be able to demonstrate that they can bring out the connections between their research and its historical and cultural context.
Director of Studies, Prof. Tom Fisher
Prof. David Crundall
Prof. David Brown
For the eligibility criteria, please visit our how to apply page.
How to apply
We are looking for motivated, engaged individuals to join our doctoral community. If you are interested in applying for one of the proposed Studentship projects, follow the apply button to access our application portal: please note, you will need to use the ‘NTU Doctoral Application 21/22’ form.
As you are applying for a project, your application should clearly outline which of the projects advertised you wish to apply in Summary of Proposed Research Topic. In Research Proposal and Personal Statement, please give up to 1,500 word statement of why you are interested in the project you are applying for and how you would engage with the research proposed. Think about the outline and research aims for the project and how you would approach them, as well as showing your understanding of the field and how the project will contribute to or challenge existing research. Your statement should focus on the framework of the project, to give the panel a clear idea of your understanding of the research project/topic. You will also need to include a bibliography or reference list for any work you cite.
Your skills, experience, motivation for pursuing doctoral study, and interest in the field should be included as part of your 500 word Previous Experience and Personal Statement.
Please note that only applications to the advertised projects will be accepted as part of this funding call; do not use your application to propose your own research project.
The application deadline is Friday 18 February 2022.
Fees and funding
This project is fully-funded by the Cultural Heritage Research Peak Studentships Scheme.