Grants and Awards: Study of Portable Antiquities Scheme finds from Cheshire, Deadline: 30th June 2021

Chester Archaeological Society wishes to encourage the study and publication of objects (or groups/ types of object) reported to the Portable Antiquities (PAS) scheme from Cheshire and adjoining areas, to ensure that their potential contribution to the understanding of the archaeology and history of the county is realised.

The Society is therefore offering a grant of up to £700 every two years to help suitable persons to undertake such research. In particular it is hoped that the grant will be attractive to new researchers. Applicants need not be members of the Society.


The grant is intended to cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel and lodging, access to information, specialist reports, scientific analysis, small items of equipment and consumables, all of which should be procured economically. This list is not exclusive. Academic fees, subsistence and personal expenses that would be incurred by the researcher if they were not engaged on the project will not be reimbursed.

It is a condition of the grant that the results of the research shall be offered for first publication as an article in the Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society, with acceptance of its copyright conditions and editorial procedures and in conformity with its house style; they may also be used in promotional material by the Society. The assistance provided by the Society’s grant shall be acknowledged in the first publication and in any subsequent republication and promotional material by the researcher.

Additional grants for the same project may be obtained from other sources, provided that the funding body (-ies) agree(s) to the conditions in paragraph 2.2 above. However, the grant may not be used to pay for core elements of funded research programmes for which the costs should have been foreseen from the outset. Nevertheless, the grant may be used to fund additional projects arising from such programmes.

Applicants should secure all necessary permissions in writing before seeking a grant.

Projects should be completed within two years, except in the rare case of an extension being granted. Should the project not be completed on time, or the reporting requirements not be complied with, the grant will be forfeited and no further applications from the same individual will be considered.

Application procedure and reporting requirements

Applications should be submitted to the Society’s Secretary by 30 June on the application form below. Itemised estimates of costs must be included. The award of a grant will be notified by 31 July. Grants will be payable in two equal instalments, at the beginning and end of the project, with the first instalment being paid on 1 October or thereabouts. Expenses already incurred before the award was made will not be reimbursed. Any variation from the proposed pattern of expenditure involving a sum of £100 or more should be agreed in advance with the Secretary. A brief progress report, together with an interim statement of expenses, should be submitted on the first anniversary of the award. The completed article should be submitted by the second anniversary of the award, together with a final statement of expenses. Receipts should be provided for all expenses claimed. The second instalment of the grant will be paid on acceptance in principle of the article by the Editor. The article will be published in the Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society the following year.

Assessment of applications

In choosing a subject for research, applicants should liaise closely with the PAS Finds Liaison Officer for Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. Applications will be assessed by a subcommittee of the Council of the Chester Archaeological Society, and the Finds Liaison Officer. Applicants should have a demonstrable record of carrying out soundly based research on a related subject to a timetable. They must be able to show an ability for clear and coherent argument and be able to write with near-perfect spelling, grammar and syntax for people who are not familiar with the topic or period of history. All applications must be supported by two references, submitted to the Society’s Secretary by 30 June. Early career researchers may wish to retain a referee as a mentor for the duration of the project.

Contact details

Secretary, Chester Archaeological Society (for submission of applications) Dr Joanne Kirton

Finds Liaison Officer, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside (for advice on choosing subject)
Heather Beeton
Museum of Liverpool

Department of Archaeology,
Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront
Liverpool L3 1DG
Tel 0151 4784259

Click here for further information.


Published by Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson holds a First Class Honours in the History of Art from the University of Bristol, with a particular focus on Medieval Florence. In 2020 she achieved a Distinction in her MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialised in the art and architecture of Medieval England under the supervision of Dr Tom Nickson. Her dissertation focussed on an alabaster altarpiece, and its relationship with the cult of St Thomas Becket in France and the Chartreuse de Vauvert. Her current research focusses on the artistic patronage of London’s Livery Companies immediately pre and post-Reformation. Ellie will begin a PhD at the University of York in Autumn 2021 with a WRoCAH studentship, under the supervision of Professor Tim Ayers and Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein.

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