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Potential Placements

Potential Placements

The opportunities listed below will give you a sense of the different types of placement and different organisations you can do a placement with. They are current vacancies and can be applied to but the list is not exhaustive. You are welcome and encouraged to explore opportunities at other organisations that may be more relevant to your research.

Please contact us if you are interested in any of the opportunities below or have a different organisation in mind for your placement.

Contact – Dr Steven Colburn,

CHASE DTP Placements and Partnerships Officer:

+44 (0)1273 873673

+ BBC Archives

The BBC Archives contain a wealth of material covering a the full spectrum of the BBC’s output since it began broadcasting. There should be material of interest to all PhD researchers. Placement opportunities are primarily available working on cataloguing the vast BBC archives but other opportunities are potentially available. See this guide for an overview of the BBC archives.

See this guide for further details of archival projects available.

+ Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre

A medical practice that utilises complementary care to support its core health services. The centre is keen to host PhD students and is open to exploring any project that would be of mutual benefit to the student and the centre. There are a number of projects potentially available at this innovative centre that is working in a fast-moving field.

See their website for an overview of the centre.

+ British Archive for Contemporary Writing (University of East Anglia)

The University of East Anglia holds within its archives a collection known as ‘The Kenney Papers’. Two members of the Kenney family, Annie and Jessie, were militant suffragettes in the WSPU (Women’s Social and Political Union). This archive includes Annie’s and Jessie’s correspondence with other suffragette leaders during the time of their activism (1900-1918) and up to the 50s and 60s. There are letters from leading suffragettes (e.g. Christabel Pankhurst, the Pethick-Lawrences, Lady Constance Lytton) and various politicians (e.g. Arthur Balfour, Stanley Baldwin, PS/David Lloyd-George). The archive also contains press cuttings, book manuscripts and other suffragette miscellanea such as badges and hatbands in the suffragette colours.

2018 is the centenary of women over the age of thirty winning the vote and, to recognise this important date, UEA Archives is seeking a PGR student with an interest in politics, heritage and archives, and cultural history to undertake a short-term project (6 months at 17.5 hours per week – March 2018 – August 2018) under the supervision of the Archives staff. The objective will be to identify and digitize a number of the key holdings within the Kenney Archive in UEA’s Media Hub and will include supervising undergraduate volunteers in the digitization of materials from the archive and working closely with another CHASE placement in charge of curating a Wordpress site where these resources will be published. It will also involve writing blogs and helping volunteers to also write blogs about the holdings of archive as well as a overseeing a crowdsourced transcription project of some of the key items.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience within a historical archive environment. Although the main objective of the project is to create a catalogued portfolio of digitised documents, the placement student will also see first-hand how material is selected for academic teaching, research and public engagement. They will contribute to our blog and social media presence and gain valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities facing cultural heritage organisations.

Please email Steven Colburn for a full job description: Email

+ Learning on Screen (formerly BUFVC)

The BUFVC is beneficiary of an extensive archive of film and video content. They work on archiving uncatalogued materials, digitising content and offering training in the use of film and video for teaching and training purposes. They have worked with PhD students on archiving and digitising projects and welcome proposals for projects that utilise their content. You can see examples of previous projects on their website and are welcome to arrange to visit their offices in central London to explore their archives and discuss potential projects with their team.

+ Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne, an independent opera house in Sussex, is happy to discuss a range of placement projects. Whether ‘front of house’ in the creation of content or contributing to shows or ‘back of house’ working with the team that manages the opera house. Students are invited to find out more about Glyndebourne and are happy to discuss potential placement opportunities that would be beneficial to the student and the organisation: Glyndebourne website.

+ The ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art)

The ICA has a fast moving programme of exhibitions and events that will be of interest to PhD researchers. They welcome students interested in their work to develop and propose projects that could contribute to their forthcoming programmes.

The ICA are currently recruiting two Festival Co-ordinators to support the planning and delivery of Frames of Representation 2018, an international documentary cinema festival. See here for further details and to apply.

+ Intel Labs

Intel Collaborative Research Institutes (ICRIs) are Intel-funded, jointly-led research collaborations between Intel and the academic community. There are Intel Labs in London and Dublin with Manchester and Peterborough labs to launch soon. Intel Labs are looking for arts and humanities PhD researchers interested in the impact of information technologies on everyday life. Their website showcases the themes they are working to but they are happy to discuss potential projects with any CHASE funded students and are also happy to welcome students to their London lab to find out more about Intel Labs

+ The National Archives

Potential Activities for CHASE Students on Placement at The National Archives

Medieval and Early Modern Teams

  1. Checking of cataloguing work on private deeds and evidence abandoned in the Court of Wards and Liveries (c. 1150-1642)
  2. Summarising for TNA’s catalogue the decisions recorded in the Privy Council registers of the 1630s
  3. Cataloguing transcripts of medieval and early modern English and Scottish letters held in European archives
  4. Contributing to multiple projects taking shape within a programme that will commence with the 2017 anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation
  5. Helping to develop funding bids and activities relating to the crown’s executive function in the royal and privy council
  6. Converting the text of medieval charter roll calendars into a form suitable for TNA’s catalogue
  7. Checking the manuscript key to the Letters and Papers Henry VIII against original documents to identify missing referencing information
  8. Contributing to conversion of published calendars of letters and papers of the British commanders in chief during the American Revolutionary War
  9. Cataloguing of the papers of the Exchequer during the Civil War and Interregnum
  10. Surveying obsolete and antiquarian lists, indexes and publications for descriptions that are suitable for conversion into data for TNA’s catalogue

Modern Records Teams

  1. Assisting with various projects to mark the centenary of the introduction of Cabinet Office minutes and the history of No. 10 Downing Street (including researching and assembling physical exhibitions; preparing text for an online exhibition, helping to convene an academic discussion event at TNA).
  2. Involvement in cataloguing of Foreign Office personal and ministerial private office papers
  3. Contributing to various cataloguing and research activities relating to nineteenth century poverty and public health
  4. Helping to scope work on how born-digital records and data can be used more effectively by researchers in the humanities

General Activities

  1. The option to write a blog for TNA’s website
  2. Attendance at team and departmental meetings within TNA’s Advice and Records Knowledge Department; shadowing on advice points and observance of key roles such as the Enquiry Service Manager (reading room service supervision)
  3. Visits to other TNA departments to help with their day-to-day business activities and to speak to staff about their work: notably Education (school group visits), Collection Care (document preservation and conservation labs), Document Services (archival storage and retrieval for researchers), Catalogue and Taxonomy (management of catalogue information), Press and Marketing, Research and Engagement (coordinating academic activities).

The National Portrait Gallery welcomes placement enquiries from CHASE funded students interested in working in any area of the gallery. Students interested in a placement at the National Portrait Gallery are advised to research the gallery collections and identify a particular area that matches your interests. Contact the CHASE Placements and Partnerships Officer if you would like to pursue a placement at the National Portrait Gallery:

The National Portrait Gallery is also happy to arrange tours for groups of up to 15 students who would like to visit the gallery archives. You will receive a guided tour from the Archive Manager and the opportunity to explore the gallery’s holdings not currently on display. This is a good opportunity to find out more about the work of the gallery, its holdings and how they might benefit your research. Contact us if you would like to sign up for a tour:


ONCA supports the wellbeing of people and places by increasing awareness of, and engagement with, environmental and social challenges. ONCA is a space for meeting, thinking, learning and celebrating art, always encouraging artists to ask big questions about difficult issues.

ONCA embraces diverse perspectives and needs by modelling and fostering inclusive creative practices. They are proud to help people imagine, and move towards, thriving futures. To do this, they partner with local and international artists and organisations. They specialise in creative learning projects with children and young people.

They do all this from their gallery and performance space in Brighton, UK, where they host a range of events – some led and curated by them, and some by visiting artists and companies who hire the gallery. Upstairs at ONCA they also run workspaces for artists, charities and businesses.

“A wonderfully creative space for exploration and reflection” (Caroline Lucas), which “brings together communities in open-hearted and mind-altering ways” (Robert Macfarlane).

Placement opportunities at ONCA may include but are not limited to the following areas of work:

  • Curatorial/ programming
  • Education and Learning
  • Outreach and community projects
  • Research and development - arts and environmental projects
  • Strategic management and planning
  • Business & partnership development
  • Fundraising
  • Operations
  • Marketing and PR

Find out more about ONCA here

+ Open Library of Humanities (OLH)

OLH is an exciting project, led by Birkbeck, to make humanities scholarship available free of charge through open access publishing. Placement opportunities are available in a range of functions of the organisation:

  1. Editorial work
  2. Copyediting
  3. Proofreading
  4. Digital preservation
  5. Understanding new business models for digital content dissemination
  6. Financial accounting
  7. Charitable law and governance A placement with OLH will enable you to gain experience in several of these areas. Please contact the CHASE Placements and Partnerships Officer for further details:

+ V&A (Victoria and Albert) Museum

The V&A provides a range of training and support for PhD researchers working on their collections. They are happy to consider proposals for placements working with any of their collections. Given the range of collections and the number of curators you are advised to research the V&A website, visit the museum and identify the collection you would like to work with.

Please contact the CHASE Placements and Partnerships Officer when you are know which area of the museum you are interested in.

+ Simon Floyd Performance

Simon Floyd is an independent theatre practitioner, producer and performer. His work involves three overarching strands:

i. Community projects – sourcing and staging stories specific to a locality that are made for, with and by people of the area ii. Professional production – bespoke performance commissions and small-scale, professional touring shows telling stories with local and national resonance to areas of low cultural engagement iii. Training and facilitation – using my performance and facilitation skills to work with organisations to develop team confidence and creativity

Simon Floyd aims to build partnerships with community, academic and business organisations, drawing on funding from public and private sources.

NATURE OF PLACEMENT A dedicated placement opportunity with Simon for a 6 month period from May to October 2018. The placement encompasses a wide-ranging role, from scriptwriting and editing to facilitating creative writing workshops and assisting with rehearsals in an artistic and dramaturgical capacity, across a number of theatrical projects.

This placement will focus on supporting 4 major elements of Simon’s current theatre and performance work in Norfolk, all of which are at different stages in their implementation.

  1. 1549: Rural Touring Theatre Show: Operational Stage
  2. Imagined Land in Burnham Norton – Research and Operational Stage
  3. Come Yew In! legacy work: - Late Stage
  4. Stories from Stump Cross – Early Stage Number of days: 2.5 days /week for 6 months


1549 [May 2018]

TASK: Artistic implementation of an Arts Council funded rural touring theatre project based on the Story of Kett’s Rebellion. ROLE: Forming and developing a creative partnership with the artistic director that supports the transition of the piece from page to the stage. To include:

  • script editing and consultancy
  • dramaturgy
  • work with actors on character interpretation
  • pre-production, artistic direction and support during rehearsal and performance

Imagined Land [May to October 2018]

TASK: Implementation of a Heritage Lottery funded community history and archaeology project from creative response to research findings through to the creation and production of a through-the-ages pageant made in, for, with and about a North Norfolk village. ROLE: Lead creative writing artist. To include:

  • community historical research
  • facilitation of creative writing workshops with school and community
  • leading on creation of pageant script with other project artists
  • editing and production of community anthology of creative writing

Come Yew In! Legacy Work [May to July 18]

TASK: On the back of the success of Simon’s 2017 year’s community show in collaboration with The Common Lot [looking at stories of migration over the city’s history], to complete and publish an educational resource and song book for use in local schools and community groups.

ROLE: Supporting the completion of the creative writing work for the project songbook and school’s educational resources. To include: • working with the Common Lot’s citizen researchers to create 6 further songs from the unused research material previously gathered • working with teachers of local schools and the Common Lot’s Education Lead to develop creative writing exercises for inclusion in the education pack • final proof reading and support for editing of both publications

Stories From Stump Cross [June to October 2018]

TASK: Successful completion of various local and national applications to fund new large-scale multi-partner schools and community choir and theatre project, based on the history of an area of imminent major redevelopment in Norwich City Centre.

ROLE: • supporting the production team in the development of project concept • conducting research into project elements, including liaison with potential project partners • contributing to final bid text and final submission

ROLE REQUIREMENTS This role will be suitable for anyone with an interest in and commitment to place-based community theatre projects, and political engagement through the arts. The successful candidate will have: • a high degree of skill and perception in theatrical script writing • an interest in and affinity with the history of Norfolk and Norwich • commitment to growing capacity for local dramatic artists to make theatre • ability to work to close writing deadlines • ability to work with and engage members of the community in creative writing activity • interest in contributing significantly to the process of writing and conceiving of funding applications for creative work in the community.

TIMESCALE May 1st to 31st October 2018. 2.5 days/week, to be negotiated with Simon Floyd.

HOW TO APPLY Please submit your CV (no more than 2 pages) alongside a short supporting statement (500 words max) explaining your interest in the role. Send to: Deadline: April 13th 2018 FURTHER INFORMATION

More information about Simon’s work can be found at

+ Turner Contemporary

At Turner Contemporary, they believe in the power of art to transform people and places, doing things differently to achieve their vision that “art and creativity are at the heart of a vibrant, healthy and equal society.” Their mission, “pioneering change by making the arts more vital and connected to daily life” informs everything that they do.

Since opening in 2011, Turner Contemporary has become one of the most successful galleries in the UK. They’ve achieved more than 2.3 million visits and the gallery has been a catalyst for the social and economic regeneration of Margate. Located in a building designed by David Chipperfield Architects, on a site overlooking the North Sea, their programme of exhibitions of historical and contemporary art and their innovative learning programme have fast earned the gallery an international reputation.

With free admission, great art is accessible for all. Turner Contemporary are committed to challenging traditional practice to make themselves more accessible; repositioning art as more relevant to society. Their distinctive, audience-focused approach is integral to their success and inspires interest from their peers, nationally and internationally.

Turner Contemporary is a charity governed by a Board of Trustees. The organisation receives revenue funding from Arts Council England and Kent County Council and the whole team works creatively to raise significant amounts of additional income. The following are broad areas of work that are open for placement applications.

  • Curatorial
  • Education and Learning
  • Research – curatorial, data capture and analysis
  • Strategic management and planning
  • Operations/customer care/visitor experience
  • Marketing and PR
  • Fundraising/development
  • Income generation/business development

+ Vitae

Vitae is the professional body for Researcher Developers, based in the UK but with a global reach. If you are interested in the policies and structures that shape the Higher Education research landscape this will be an ideal placement. You will have opportunities to conduct meaningful research designed to shape the Higher Education research agenda. You will also gain experience in event management and administration and have the opportunity to develop contacts with people working in every facet of Higher Education. Please contact the CHASE Placements and Partnerships Officer for further details:

+ Wasafiri

Wasafiri, The Magazine of International Contemporary Writing is currently offering two part-time editorial and administrative placement opportunities to CHASE students.

Wasafiri is the UK’s leading magazine for international contemporary writing. Founded by Susheila Nasta MBE, the first issue was launched in 1984. It is now renowned for publishing some of the world’s most distinguished writers, including: Chinua Achebe; Kamau Brathwaite; Anita and Kiran Desai; Sam Selvon; Nadine Gordimer; Abdulrazak Gurnah; Ngugi wa Thiong’o; Michael Ondaatje; Vikram Seth; Nayantara Sahgal; Gillian Slovo and Ben Okri amongst many others. And we actively seek out writers from minority ethnic backgrounds who often struggle to be heard in the mainstream.

We are looking for two organised, hardworking and lively candidates. You will need a meticulous eye for detail and will provide editorial and administrative support to our small, new, in-house team. Specific responsibilities are likely to be either helping with the administration and organisation of the magazine’s review pages or supporting the publicity and content for our growing digital programme by finding new avenues to increase our social media reach. You will also participate in organising and delivering our live events programme. You will need excellent writing and communication skills as well as a demonstrable knowledge of, and interest in, publishing and international writing. As the team works closely together on a daily basis you will need to share ideas with a dynamic and busy creative team each week. You will receive experience of working on an established literary magazine, dealing with contributors, developing knowledge of publishing contracts, publication, submissions and peer review procedures, proofreading and copyediting. CHASE students have the option of working from home at least one day a week. Based on the Mile End Road in London and housed with the School of English & Drama at Queen Mary College, University of London, both placements offer an exciting opportunity and creative environment to develop new skills. Wasafiri will publish its 100th issue in 2019. It an independent arts organisation funded by Arts Council England, Routledge and Queen Mary University of London. For more information about the magazine visit: @Wasafiri1

To apply please send a covering letter and CV to Pauline Walker The deadline for applications is: Midnight 30 November 2017

+ Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library exploring health, life and our place in the world. Inspired by the collections assembled by Henry Wellcome, they encourage great ideas about health by connecting science, medicine, life and art. Wellcome Collection is part of Wellcome, a global charitable foundation that exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. Their vision is to be a place that challenges the ways people think and feel about health by connecting science, medicine, life and art. Wellcome Collection are managed across four departments: Collections & Research - responsible for collections development, cataloguing and research activity across all their collections, regardless of format or medium; Digital Engagement – responsible for creating a user-centric digital collection platform where people can discover and engage with content and other users to explore the cultural contexts of health, science, life and art; Wellcome Collection Operations – responsible for providing integrated services and expertise for the smooth and efficient running of Wellcome Collection and the care and preservation of our unique and distinctive collections; Public Programmes – responsible for running temporary and permanent exhibitions, the Reading Room, live events, publishing, touring exhibitions and the loan of collection objects to external venues.

+ YA Shot

YAShot is a not-for-profit organisation that works to encourage a love of reading, a passion for writing, and aspirations to careers in the Arts through various ‘Young Adult’ Literature-related activities. Their flagship fund-raising event is a large, annual one-day festival (featuring 50-75 authors) that partners with the UK’s YA blogging awards for an evening of blogging and vlogging activities. They use the funds raised to run a large internship programme and a series of outreach activities. These outreach activities include partnering with libraries and schools for free school events, as well as developing ways of working with council authorities to bring author events to some of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK (including children in care, care leavers and young carers). They are seeking input and help to develop all their outreach work, including through securing new sponsorship and funding. They are now entering their third year, with excellent brand-recognition across the UK YA world and growing international recognition through working with festivals in Australia and Chicago and increasingly engaging with large publications with an international readership (including PLO, the Bookseller, The Guardian and others). They have several opportunities that could be of interest to postgraduate research students looking for opportunities for challenging and exciting work to allow them to develop a range of new and existing skills, use research to pursue immediate practical goals, and gain experience in a range of areas such as team-working, supervising junior colleagues, project management and developing documentation. They offer roles with significant responsibility and autonomy but also plenty of input and support, including a professional mentor with experience in skills development at a postgraduate level.