The Friends’ FTNA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Datafication)

The Friends are delighted to announce the publication of the advert seeking applicants for the recently established Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. This is entirely funded by the Friends and presents an exciting and interesting extension of our support for The National Archives, which is establishing itself as a centre of pioneering research.

In recent years the Friends have sought to develop and diversify its support for The National Archives, primarily to reach out and establish new audiences across the generations and diverse communities. This has been achieved through several successful outreach and educational projects that have introduced school children, students and members of ethnic communities to original records, such as those of the First World War, the Reformation and the Suffragettes. The outcomes have included community workshops, short films, plays and artwork.

Our chairman, Dr Tony Wakeford, notes that:

‘with our support for education and outreach well established, it was the time to develop our support in other ways and postdoctoral research provides the ideal opportunity’.

Traditionally the Friends have focused on making the historical record more accessible through indexing and transcription and that work continues, both by our volunteers and through funded projects. However, the inaugural presentation of this fellowship will enable a new and innovative means of unlocking the historical record by harnessing the power of digital technology.

Closing date: 5 March 2018