Buying Modernity? The Consumer Experience of Domestic Electricity in the Era of the Grid

Applications are invited for this 1+3 (MSc + PhD) ESRC studentship, based at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester, and the National Museum of Science and Industry, London. Start date: September 2008.

The project will explore the uptake of, and resistance to, new domestic technologies in Britain from the 1920s to the 1960s, especially among female consumers. Drawing on archives, oral history and the Science Museum’s extensive collections, the research will inform the planning of the new ‘Living in a Revolution’ gallery at the Science Museum.

Applicants should have, or expect to attain, at least an upper second class degree in an appropriate subject. Applicants who have already completed an ESRC-recognised Master’s in an appropriate subject are also eligible to apply for the award on a +3 basis. Standard ESRC award conditions apply.

Further details and application materials can be obtained from

Closing date for applications: Friday 4 July 2008. Interviews will be held in mid-July.

Enquiries to: Dr. Jeff Hughes, CHSTM, Simon Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester. M13 9PL. Tel: 0161 275 5857/5850. Email: [email protected]