2021 Investigating the Infestations: Understanding and Communicating Deathwatch Beetle activity on HMS Victory PhD at Cranfield University

Deadline: May 14, 2021.

The conservation of historic ships is a constant challenge, and ships like the Royal Navy’s flagship HMS Victory present a unique combination of issues that are not otherwise found in museum environments. The Deathwatch beetle (DWB) population on HMS Victory is so well-established that it is necessary to investigate their behaviour in order to understand the extent of damage that has occurred over the last century before effective conservation strategies can be implemented.


  1. Applicants should have a minimum BA/BSc (Hons) 2.1 in archaeological or biological sciences or similar.
  2. Have interest in museum conservation, cultural heritage and/or digital humanities.
  3. An MSc in a relevant subject is desirable, but not essential.


Sponsored by Cranfield University and the National Museum of the Royal Navy/The Victory Preservation Company, this fully funded studentship covers tuition and other fees for UK/home students only, a stipend at the UKRI rate (£15609 for the 2021/22 academic year) and an allowance towards travel and subsistence.


If you are eligible to apply for this studentship, please complete the online application form. Candidates are required to also supply 1-page CV summarising their key qualifications, achievements and a short summary of their final year projects, and MSc projects (if applicable).

For information about applications please contact: [email protected] 


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