19th C science in Africa: project funding for EU citizens

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The National Maritime Museum in the UK is offering 2 funded projects for UK/EU citizens interested in 19th C science in Africa.


  • 6 week Student Internship (suitable for MA students, PhD students, postdocs). Science in Southern Africa: the use of chronometers in the Royal Navy survey of Africa 1822-26 Deadline 31 March 2015.  


This intern project would look at the scientific aspects of the British Naval Survey of Captain William Fitzwilliam Owen on the East and West African coasts 1822-26 in the ships Leven and Barracouta. While the political and biographical aspects of the voyage have been studied, less attention has been paid to the scientific and technical aspects of the first major surveying of the African coastline. This project would examine the use of two chronometers taken with the expedition, the Margetts, No. 163 and Barraud, No. 10 through research into these objects, the Museum’s chronometer archives (Admiralty ledgers), Manuscript and Library collections (Owen and Boteler papers and their published voyage accounts) and in archives elsewhere where material is held on scientific aspects of this expedition (UK Hydrographic Office, National Archives, and Royal Horticultural Society). How did Naval Officers deal with the new challenges of using chronometers in tropical environments, and what type of scientific findings did these chronometers enable?


Full details here http://www.rmg.co.uk/researchers/fellowships-and-internships/intern-programme


  • 3 year PhD studentship Chronometry and Chronometers on British Voyages of Exploration, c.1815-c.1872. Deadline 10 April 2015


The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and the University of Edinburgh (Institute of Geography) are delighted to announce an opportunity for a funded PhD on ‘Chronometry and Chronometers on British Voyages of Exploration, c.1815-c.1872’.

The studentship, which is full-time and funded for 3 years, will begin in October 2015 and will be jointly supervised by Dr Richard Dunn (National Maritime Museum, Greenwich) and Professor Charles W. J. Withers (University of Edinburgh).

The project seeks to examine the ways in which nineteenth-century British voyages of exploration used chronometers in both routine navigation and more specialised expeditionary activities. The aim is to cover the period that saw chronometers become standard on naval vessels (by about 1830), but before the advent of more science-based oceanic exploration from the early 1870s, and to explore how on-board practices changed and developed in this period of significant exploratory activity.

The PhD is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) Thames Consortium. Standard AHRC eligibility criteria will apply.

Further details can be found at http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=61655&LID=468


Heloise Finch-Boyer
Curator of the History of Science & Technology


Royal Museums Greenwich

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