Using the University's Research and Cultural Collections' online database of extraordinary art, antiquities, historic physics instruments, zoological specimens and medical artefacts, you will choose an object and carry out targeted research to produce a short article (200 words) for a general audience. 'Object of the Month' is a way for the University to celebrate the richness and diversity of our collections and to train a spotlight on a different piece each month. We would like our alumni to bring their interest, enthusiasm and research skills to this project, working on one piece at a time to a monthly calendar.
You will have good written communication and research skills. You can access training and support from the curatorial team as required via e-mail/phone if you are carrying out the project remotely, or are welcome to come on to campus to meet the team, review progress and handle the artefacts where appropriate. We are looking for up to 12 research volunteers per year and welcome applications from anywhere in the world - as our collections are online you do not need to be able to get to campus.
The time required for each research project will vary depending on the object and level of detail, but we anticipate a minimum time requirement for research and writing of six hours. You must be able to work to a deadline. Please e-mail Lucy Hackett at email@example.com with a brief statement of the reason for your interest, an overview of your relevant skills and, if possible, an idea of the type of object you would be interested in researching.