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Research opportunity - From Engagement to Empowerment: The Future of England’s Heritage Open Days

An exciting opportunity to work with HODs and the University of Leeds on a collaborative PhD researching England's biggest heritage festival.

Working with the University of Leeds we're delighted to open the floor for applications to study for a collaborative doctoral award. There is flexibility in the project to allow the student to develop their own ideas, but the work will explore the opportunities and challenges that exist for HODs now and in the future. This is a great chance to enable our wonderful festival to become even more impactful, effective and dynamic.

This studentship, co-supervised by the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds and Heritage Open Days/The National Trust is funded by the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH)*.

Who we're looking for

We're looking for an applicant who holds a master’s degree or similar postgraduate qualification in an arts and humanities discipline and can demonstrate an active interest in public history, heritage, participation and/or cultural policy. The studentship is also suitable for a professional currently working in the cultural or heritage sector who wishes to return to academic research.

Where you'll be based

The successful applicant will be based in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds and supervised by Dr Claudia Sternberg and Dr Nick Cass at Leeds and Annie Reilly, Heritage Open Days Manager, London.


  • Stage 1 application deadline = 2 January 2019
  • Interviews = 10 January 2019
  • Potential start = October 2019

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