Power and Propulsion in the Jet Age: A Socio-Technical History of Gas Turbine Development at Metropolitan-Vickers 1937-1965

An ESRC-funded CASE (collaborative) 3-year FT PhD studentship with Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry, commencing September 2007.

This project will use archives and other historical sources at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and elsewhere to explore the history of gas turbine development at the Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company, one of the most prominent British engineering companies of the twentieth century. In addition to analysing M-V’s role in developing gas turbines for military and civilian applications (e.g. jet engines and power generation), it also aims to produce scholarly resources for the public understanding of science-based industry in the Manchester region, and thereby to contribute to MOSI’s mission to collect and interpret historical materials relating to local industry through publications, exhibitions and public events. In particular, this research will help inform the development of MOSI’s new permanent exhibition ‘Revolution Manchester’ which will replace the existing introductory exhibition at the entrance to the Museum. Museum staff will play an active role in supervision, and the researcher will benefit from access to the Museum’s collections and expertise in handling and interpreting artifacts.

The award is made under the terms of the Economic and Social Research Council’s CASE programme. The studentship is open to UK/EU applicants who have, or expect to obtain an ESRC-approved Master’s-level research methods training qualification in the history or social studies of science/technology or a related subject. Applicants with other Master’s qualifications will also be considered, but if successful will be expected to undergo ESRC-approved research training during the course of the studentship.

Further information may be obtained from: Dr. Jeff Hughes, CHSTM, Simon Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK. Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5857. Email: [email protected]

Application forms may be obtained from: http://www.ls.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapply/ or by contacting the Faculty of Life Sciences Graduate Office, email: [email protected] Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3883.

Applications with two letters of reference should be returned to: The Graduate Office, Faculty of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK.

Closing date for applications: 29 June 2007.