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Job (permanent): Properties Historian at English Heritage, deadline 15 April 2017

EHEnglish Heritage is looking for a Properties Historian for a permanent post based in London. Salary c. £30,000. They’re especially keen to find a specialist on castles, or a medievalist. Deadline 15 April 2017. Further details here

 

 

(From the EH site) We are looking for a historian, archaeologist or architectural historian to carry out research into our 420 historic monuments, buildings and sites. You will be part of a small team of historians working collaboratively with colleagues from across English Heritage to deliver innovative and engaging interpretation schemes for visitors to our sites.

Under the direction of a Senior Properties Historian you will be responsible for undertaking and managing research into our sites, and for the dissemination of this research to a wide audience. Working on projects with Curatorial Department colleagues, you will formulate and implement research programmes, providing content and supporting materials for high-quality new presentation schemes. You will also make research publicly available through publication in a variety of media including guidebooks, scholarly journals, the English Heritage website and Members’ Magazine.

We are looking for someone who can work independently, often to very tight deadlines, engaging constructively with a wide range of stakeholders, including curators, interpreters, visitor operations staff and external specialists. You will need to be confident in documentary and archaeological research, and able to synthesise material of different types, ranging from oral history to web-based sources. Your work will include sites from all periods in England’s history, though a specialism in the study of castles and their landscapes and/or post-medieval fortifications would be a distinct advantage.

We bring the story of England to life for over 10 million visitors each year. No matter what they do and where they do it, our people play their part in protecting and presenting some of the greatest places in England for the benefit and enjoyment of our visitors.

We offer a wide benefits package to our employees including a competitive pension scheme, 25 days holiday and free entry into English Heritage sites.

Closing date: 15/04/2017 23:59:59

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CFP: Heraldry in Medieval and Early Modern State-Rooms

Münster, Germany, March 16 – 18, 2016
Deadline: Dec 15, 2015

Heraldry in Medieval and Early Modern State-Rooms: Towards a Typology
of Heraldic Programmes in Spaces of Self-Representation

Heraldry was an ubiquitous element of state-rooms. Whether in palaces
of kings and princes, castles of noblemen, residences of patricians,
city halls or in cathedral chapters, heraldic display was a crucial
element in  the visual programme of these spaces. Despite its
omnipresence, however, heraldic display in state-rooms remains largely
understudied so far.

Given the fundamental role of heraldry in medieval and early modern
visual communication, it seems essential to incorporate the study of
heraldry into our understanding of the state-rooms and their functions.
The heraldic programmes appear to have been intimately tied to the
functions of those rooms and the strategies of self-representation and
communication employed by commissioners and users of such places.

This workshop aims to explore these heraldic programmes in state-rooms
in medieval and early modern Europe and to suggest an initial typology
of this phenomenon. We would like to include case studies showcasing
different social and institutional examples. In the context of the
workshop, we understand state-rooms to be rooms used for ceremonies and
receptions, and spaces able to construct and express identity that were
meant to be witnessed by  members of a community itself as well as by
outsiders.

Heraldry in state-rooms was displayed in a variety of media, including,
but not limited to, paintings, stained-glass, sculptures, tiles,
tapestries, curtains, furniture. As part of ceremonies, it also
appeared as ephemeral decor. The topics of such heraldic programmes
were diverse. They could represent genealogical, chivalric, legendary
as well as historical and commemorative themes, reflect political
networks and convey political and imaginary  ideas.

We particularly welcome comparative papers on the heraldic display of
state-rooms and groups of state-rooms from different geographical,
social and institutional contexts. Rather than only identifying the
displayed coats of arms, contributions should address the heraldic
ensembles in their entirety and locate them in their specific social
and institutional contexts, aiming to further our understanding of the
functions of heraldic display in the state-rooms and their visual
programme.

Papers can be presented in English or French. Proposals (200 words in
French or English) should be sent to heraldica@uni-muenster.de by 15
December 2015.

The workshop is organised by Miguel Metelo de Seixas (Lisbon) and
Torsten Hiltmann (Münster) as part of the Portuguese-German research
project “In the Service of the Crown: The Use of Heraldry in Royal
Political Communication in Late Medieval Portugal”, funded by the
VolkswagenFoundation.