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Medical Group Placement

Victoria and Albert Museum


Posted 2 weeks ago


Embark on a Scholarly Adventure at the V&A with a Unique Doctoral Placement Opportunity


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Cromwell Road, London

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The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), the world’s leading museum of art, design, and performance, invites PhD students to engage in a scholarly journey through its doctoral placement program. This is an extraordinary chance to work with a historic and expansive collection within an institution known for its dedication to creativity and education.

Role Summary:

  • Undertake a discrete research project under the guidance of V&A staff.
  • Collaborate with the V&A terminology group and external experts.
  • Conduct a thorough survey of the V&A RPS collection's materials and physical condition.
  • Organize and rehouse collection items into appropriate storage solutions.
  • Perform in-depth research and produce a written summary of the collection.
  • Catalogue a selection of the RPS collection's holdings.

Role Requirements:

  • Enrollment in a PhD program, preferably related to museum studies, archival science, or a similar field.
  • A strong interest in collections care, archiving, and museum research.
  • Capability to carry out both collaborative and independent research.
  • Commitment to organizing and preserving photographic and archival materials.
  • Excellent writing skills for summarizing research findings.
  • Willingness to consult and work with internal and external experts.

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 RPS Medical Group was founded in 1946. While the Group continues to exist, its collection of an estimated 4,000 photographs and archival papers, dating from the 1910 until the 1990s, now forms part of the V&A RPS collection. The collection appears to have been formed as a resource for teaching and research, a record of technical advances, a platform for the recognition of photographers and hospital photography units, and as a visual record of surgical procedures, medical conditions and pathology.

The student would be expected to seek advice from the V&A terminology group and experts outside of the museum sector. The main tasks are to survey the material and its physical condition, categorization and organization, to organize and rehouse items in appropriate storage, research and write a summary and to catalogue a selection of the holdings.

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