PhD Studentship: Understanding the Norman Conquest through the Bayeux Tapestry: analysis, interpretation and reception with the British Museum and School of Advanced Study


IES Accepting Applications for AHRC-Funded PhD Studentship in Collaboration with British Museum | Institute of English Studies

The Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London and the British Museum invite applications for a fully-funded AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD Studentship to begin in October 2019, supervised jointly by Professor Clare Lees (Institute of English Studies) and Dr Michael Lewis (British Museum).

The Studentship

In the context of the proposed loan of the Bayeux Tapestry to the UK in 2023 and potential exhibition at the British Museum (as well as its interpretation and redisplay in Bayeux) there is an urgent need to assess the story of the Norman Conquest as told by the embroidery.

Research undertaken by this CDA will lead to a fuller understanding of the relationship between the Bayeux Tapestry and the Norman Conquest, and will also help to guide how the story of the Norman Conquest as told by the Bayeux Tapestry is presented in the proposed exhibitions, both in terms of the exhibition narrative and supporting (educational and curatorial).

Research questions might include:

  • How has the Bayeux Tapestry been used to inform the story of the Norman Conquest, and how have those using the embroidery as a source for the Conquest dealt with the fact that its account is partial?
  • In view of the relationship between the Bayeux Tapestry and the Norman Conquest, how has the story of the Conquest changed through time (especially in England and France), and what are the motivators for this – both politically and culturally?

The project supervisors are Clare A. Lees, Professor of Medieval Literature and Director of the Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study, and Dr Michael Lewis, Head of Portable Antiquities & Treasure, British Museum. The student will have an institutional base at the School of Advanced Study, but will spend a significant amount of time at the British Museum, and will receive appropriate training in dealing with collections and archives.

Further information, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, can be found here.

Deadline Friday 3 May 2019



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