Curatorial Research Microinternship - National Trust Partnership


Applications are now open for Oxford University students to undertake a microinternship with the National Trust Partnership to support a new research project with the Clive Collection at Powis Castle. 

The Clive Collection is one of the most important collections of Indian artefacts outside of India. The forthcoming 75th anniversary of Indian Independence and Partition in 2022 has presented a much-needed opportunity to focus on the Clive Collection, and to carry out new research to better understand its origins and meanings. 

What you will do:

This Microinternship will focus on tracing objects which left the Clive Collection in the mid-twentieth century. You will play an important role in searching for and identifying objects using historic auction catalogues held in the Bodleian Library, and will record your findings in a collection database. These records will be invaluable for helping the project team, made up of National Trust and Oxford staff, better understand the collection’s provenance, the diversity of objects amassed, and how and when it was dispersed. This in turn will feed in to the wider research and redisplay of the collection at Powis Castle.

What you will gain:

By the end of the internship you will have gained experience of curatorial research, an insight into how research informs heritage projects, and experience of using historical resources. Training will be provided, and you will have the opportunity to compile a report and present your findings at the end of the week to members of the research team.

Location & supervision:

You will be based in Oxford, undertaking research within university libraries which hold these important catalogues (including the Sackler Library and the Bodleian Library). You will be supervised by Alice Purkiss, National Trust Partnership Lead, and Dr Kieran Hazzard, Clive Collection Researcher at Oxford University.

For more information about the project and how to apply, visit the Careers Service website.

Deadline 13th May, 2019