PhD Opportunity at the Science Museum and Oxford Brookes University

SSN members may be interested in a PhD opportunity available at the Science Museum and Oxford Brookes University.

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award ‘Chemicals and their Users in the British Home, 1930s-1980s’

Department of History, Philosophy and Religion, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford/ Science Museum, London


An AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award studentship covering stipend and tuition fee costs is offered in the Department of History, Philosophy and Religion at Oxford Brookes University (OBU) in collaboration with the Science Museum.

This project aims to examine the relationship between the public and chemistry in hitherto unexplored manner. While the introduction of electricity into the home has attracted much interest, the introduction of branded chemical products into the home has not been examined by historians at all. Yet the introduction of these products was linked to a major shift in the way that people engaged with chemistry. This shift took place in the 1960s and 1970s, when it is often assumed that public trust in chemistry waned. By studying chemicals and their use in the home before, during, and after this period, this project will therefore not only explore people’s relationship to chemistry, but it will also investigate how and why public attitudes towards it changed in the third quarter of the 20th century.

Supervision will be available from Dr Viviane Quirke (OBU) and Dr Peter Morris (Science Museum). The successful candidate will be expected to participate fully in the life of both communities.
To see the full advert please go to the Oxford Brookes website.

To request an application pack, please email:
Charmian Hearne, Research Administrator, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences . Tel: + 44 (0) 1865 48 4998

The deadline for applications is 16 July 2012.

It is anticipated that interviews will take place at Oxford Brookes University during the week of 30 July 2012. For more on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at OBU please visit our web site at:

For informal enquiries concerning the project contact Dr Viviane Quirke.


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