Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship In History/Archaeology/Ship-Science

March 2015

The University of Southampton have announced a fabulous opportunity for a historian or archaeologist seeking a career in the maritime heritage industry.

Applications have been invited for a Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute Doctoral Award hosted by the Faculties of Humanities at the University of Southampton. The project will focus on HMS Victory after the Battle of Trafalgar.


This project will chart the history of Victory after Trafalgar, looking at the place of Victory in narratives of navy, nation and empire in the years after her active service, how the ship became a national heritage site as well as the challenges of presenting Victory to twenty-first-century British audiences. This will involve a study of the ship itself, but it will also involve a careful consideration of the various meanings attached to it, in the past and in the present.

Victory has come to symbolise a certain type of British patriotism, bound up with ideas of national greatness and naval mastery. Part of this project will seek to understand the history of this iconic status. The project will also be about the preservation and presentation of this ship. How has Victory changed physically over time? What are the current challenges of preserving the oldest commissioned flagship in the world and of making sense of this relic for a multicultural and international audience in the twenty-first century?

For more information please contact c.petley@soton.ac.uk and to apply online click here.

To read more about the Society’s role in preserving HMS Victory click here.



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