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The Reception and Reinvention of the Medieval in Art, Architecture and Heritage PhD Studentship

Coventry University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Coventry
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th December 2018
Closes: 7th January 2019
Reference: FAH-VAR(WU)-05-2019-01

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD (via MPhil route) studentship on the following topic: The Reception and Reinvention of the Medieval in art, architecture and heritage of the long nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: the reception of medieval heritage in Coventry, c.1800-c.1930

The PhD will be co-supervised by Professor Juliet Simpson (Coventry University) and Dr Jenny Alexander (University of Warwick). It is funded by Coventry University and the University of Warwick. 

The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full-time, subject to satisfactory progress, and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates (£4,260 in 2018/19) and an annual maintenance grant (£14,777 per annum at 2018/19 rates). The studentship will commence May 2019.

The Project:

This studentship will investigate the significance of medieval heritage rediscovery and reception, via the period’s Gothic revivals and constructs of national patrimony, and their relationship with transforming discourses of history, heritage, identity and community through a study of Coventry's responses to its medieval heritage in the period from the early nineteenth century to the 1930s. In particular, the PhD will consider the reception of Coventry’s medieval architectural, archaeological, visual and decorative arts heritage during the period before the post-war transformation of the city. It will offer a case-study of pivotal ways in which this pre-modern past was excavated, historicised, restored, visualised and mediated (by artists, writers and cultural institutions), to develop new knowledge of this medieval past in constructing modern responses to Coventry’s sites of memory. The PhD will examine their archaeological and cultural implications both in reframing identities of ‘modern’ Coventry, and in contexts of cultural shifts in the reception and recreation of medieval art and architectural heritage.


Candidates should ideally have a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree and a distinction-level Masters degree or equivalent in History of Art, History of Design, Decorative Arts, Architectural History or another relevant field.

Applications are welcome from students from the UK and the EU.

How to Apply:

Eligible candidates should submit applications for this studentship to Professor Juliet Simpson:

Your application should include:

  • a cover letter of no more than 1000 words detailing how you would approach the PhD topic, and the skills and experience you would bring to the project
  • a current CV
  • a transcript of qualifications to date
  • letters of reference from two referees
  • a writing sample (either an essay or MA dissertation)

In addition you will be required to submit an application to study via Coventry University’s online application system by clicking the apply button.

Please make it clear in your online application that you are applying for the Reception and Reinvention of the Medieval in art, architecture and heritage PhD Studentship


The deadline for applications is 7th January, 2019. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 4th February 2019. The successful candidate will commence the studentship in May 2019.

For any inquiries related to this PhD studentship, please contact Professor Juliet Simpson:

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