Since 2010 the Gallery has engaged in collaborative doctoral research with HEIs across the United Kingdom. The Gallery is currently part of a consortium with the Bowes Museum that offers 3 doctoral studentships per year, as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme. The Gallery also contributes to doctoral training programmes, for example through its membership of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP).
There are currently 12 doctoral students working on collaborative research projects across all four of the Gallery’s research themes. Topics range from the study of the collecting of 14th- and 15-century Sienese paintings in Britain to the evaluation of 2.5D and 3D image capture and print in the cultural heritage field.
Specialists at the Gallery engaged in co-supervising the students include curators, scientists, and archivists. Our collaborative doctoral students benefit from the insight gained working within an internationally renowned institution while at the same time they contribute to the Gallery’s research strategy by opening up new avenues of enquiry about our collection.
Recent collaborative doctoral research has made a direct contribution to the Gallery’s work in exhibitions, education and digital communications. The research has supported the Gallery’s 2014 exhibition, Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance; it has led to public tours and lectures; and it has helped fill gaps in the online publication of the Gallery’s history. It is also helping the Gallery to evaluate new technologies and to develop and promote new fields of enquiry into the Gallery’s archive holdings.