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Latin American Photography Placement

Victoria and Albert Museum


Posted over 30 days ago...

Embark on a unique PhD placement with the V&A, delving into the rich photographic history of Latin America.


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Cromwell Road, London

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Organisation summary: Join the V&A, an institution experiencing tremendous growth, and become part of a dynamic team dedicated to preserving and exploring the world's cultural history. The V&A offers a stimulating environment where employees support a wide array of clients and engage with diverse collections, providing a platform for professional growth and learning.

  • Role Summary:
    • Engage in an early-career PhD training placement within collections departments, archives, the National Art Library, research, or collections care and access at the V&A.
    • Conduct a project focusing on Latin American holdings within the V&A Photography Collection, primarily between 1850-1950.
    • Survey the collection, cataloguing and digitising uncatalogued objects, and conduct detailed provenance and object-level research.
    • Contribute to the V&A's knowledge base by writing a blog post and leading a Print Room event about the research findings.
  • Role Requirements:
    • Commitment to collaborative and independent research.
    • Ability to survey and create findings lists for historical objects.
    • Capacity to conduct detailed provenance research and enhance catalogue records.
    • Interest and ability to communicate research findings through written and event-led formats.
  • Application Process Details:
    • Apply by signing in with Google, LinkedIn, or Facebook.
    • The recruitment software by IRIS Software Group Ltd will manage the application process.
    • Personal data will be shared with the People and Change team and V&A staff involved in the recruitment process.
    • Further personal details will be requested upon successful recruitment for onboarding purposes.

The Role To provide opportunities for early-career training for PhD students, the V&A has made available a range of doctoral placements based in collections departments, archives, the National Art Library, research, and collections care and access. Each placement is a discrete project designed by members of V&A staff (who will also act as the placement’s supervisor), involving collaborative as well as independent research.

The project will investigate holdings related to Latin America in the V&A Photography Collection. It will focus on objects acquired between 1850 and 1950, to situate findings in the context of early global networks and institutional connections to Latin America that can be mapped through photography. Many relevant holdings feature in bound photographic albums from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which are largely uncatalogued and undigitised.

The placement will produce a survey of holdings related to Latin America in the Photography Collection, outlining historical context, scope and content. It will create a findings list for uncatalogued objects; and undertake more detailed provenance and object-level research for a defined group of material, resulting in new or enhanced catalogue records. The student will be encouraged and supported to write a blog post and lead a Print Room event relating to their work.

The Company The Company has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few years. We have a vast number of employees, and provide support to clients from all over the country.

Application Details Please sign in with Google, LinkedIn, or Facebook to apply. The application process will be managed through our recruitment software provided by IRIS Software Group Ltd. Your personal data will be shared internally in the People and Change team and with other V&A staff involved in the recruitment and interview process. If you are successful in the recruitment process, we will then request, as part of our onboarding process, further personal details.


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