Two PhD Studentships on Conqueror's Commissioners Project

As reported in an earlier post, the DigiPal framework will be extended through a new AHRC grant to start in October 2014. Part of this includes two new PhD studentships, one in palaeography in the Departments of History and of Digital Humanities at King's College London, and one in History at Oxford. The official press release is available from the King's College web page and is reproduced in full here:

AHRC Project Studentships - Unlocking the Domesday Survey

Professor Julia Crick (Department of History, King’s College London), Dr Stephen Baxter (St Peter’s College, Oxford) and Dr Peter Stokes (Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London) have secured funding from the AHRC for a major project called 'The Conqueror’s Commissioners: Unlocking the Domesday Survey of South-Western England' which will record and interrogate the evidence of the Exeter manuscript of Domesday Book, a unique witness to governmental processes and the locality of south-western England in the reign of William I. The project coincides with the historic disbinding of Exon Domesday and its aim is to publish the contents of the manuscript for the first time and to examine the evidence which the book contains for the conduct of the Domesday survey at both local and central level.

Two project studentships have been funded by the AHRC. Both students will have the benefit of working alongside an interdisciplinary project team, with access to project images, findings and data as they become available; they will be asked to contribute to the production of research reports, conference papers and publications and to present information on research progress and outcomes to supervising bodies.

  1. The first studentship will be held at King’s College London. The successful candidate will consider the palaeography of the book in its wider context, looking at script traditions in the locality which the Exon survey covered, investigating connections between record-holding centres in the region and exploring the apparent gulf between local scribal tradition and the hands of Exon Domesday Book. Digital and traditional palaeographical methods will be used. The successful candidate will be based at King’s College London but must have a willingness to travel to archives and libraries elsewhere in search of additional research materials. 
  2. The second studentship will be held at the Faculty of History, University of Oxford:  Dr Baxter, who is to supervise this student, will move from King’s College London to the History Faculty, Oxford, at the start of the new academic year. The successful candidate will develop a research proposal which explores an aspect of governmental, social, political or economic history using the evidence of Exon Domesday.

The deadline for applications for these studentships is 12 August at 12pm.

Further information on the studentships and the project, including how to apply, can be found here.

If you have any queries or require further information about the first studentship please email Professor Julia Crick or Dr Peter Stokes; for information about the second please contact Dr Stephen Baxter in the first instance, or Professor Crick.


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