18 de mayo de 2021

PhD Studentship with the University of Exeter and BT Archives

 AHRC-funded Collaborative PhD Studentship with the University of Exeter and BT Archives:

Race, Ethnicity and Telecommunications in Britain and its Empire, 1850-present

The College of Humanities in the University of Exeter and BT Archives invite applications for a fully-funded 3.75 year (or part-time equivalent) PhD studentship starting in September 2021. The studentship is funded via the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme.

Drawing on underexplored materials in BT Archives and elsewhere, this project explores the Black, Middle Eastern and South/East Asian people who worked for the British domestic and overseas telecommunications services from the 1850s to the present. It examines their working experiences and their significant contributions to the construction, operation and technological development of telegraphic and telephonic services – issues largely overlooked in the historiography. The student will produce a highly original piece of historical research and contribute to the enrichment of BT Archives’ catalogue (by providing context and other details to records) and to its physical displays and related activities in telecommunications heritage.

The project will be jointly supervised by Professor Richard Noakes and Dr. Stacey Hynd (University of Exeter) and Anne Archer and James Elder (BT Archives) and the student will be expected to spend time at both the University of Exeter and BT Archives.

Further details, including the application process, can be found at:


Closing date for applications: 30 June 2021

Interviews will be held online and will take place in the week commencing 26 July 2021

If you would like to discuss this opportunity before applying please contact Professor Richard Noakes