Queen Mary University of London and the British Library intend to make a PhD studentship appointment under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme (CDP) from autumn 2016.
The project will investigate the intellectual significance of the library of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) to the gathering and dissemination of medical and scientific knowledge in the Enlightenment period.
It will focus on Sloane’s library (now housed within the British Library) in relation to his wider collection of natural and artificial specimens, now divided between the Natural History and British Museums.
The research will be co-supervised by the British Library and Queen Mary. The project offers privileged access to Sloane’s books at shelf as well as extensive curatorial support in their study and interpretation, in addition to the standard academic doctoral training and supervision.
A detailed description of the project is available through the following link:
Candidates with interests in bibliography, book history, the material book, the history of science and medicine, early-modern scientific literary writing, exchange networks, and the history of collections will be especially welcome.
Potential candidates are welcome to contact Professor Claire Preston (Queen Mary – firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Karen Limper-Herz (the British Library – Karen.email@example.com) for further details.