Research Assistant vacancy

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD is looking for a highly motivated individual to work with the University’s Castlegate Steering Committee to support our researchers in the preparation of funding bids for work in the Castlegate area of Sheffield.

Sheffield Castle was once one of the most significant such monuments in England. Most famously ‘home’ to Mary Queen of Scots during her imprisonment in the city, the Castle had its origins in the earlier Middle Ages, and was demolished during the Civil War. The recent decision by Sheffield City Council to relocate the Markets has provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the history of the Castlegate area, including through the possible excavation of the Castle remains.

The University’s Castlegate Steering Group was created to support and advise the Council, to provide a focus for our interdisciplinary research, and to co-ordinate and support applications for research funding. A good understanding of what research materials are available (and where) will be vital to the preparation and quality of all such applications.

As a Research Assistant you will locate, evaluate and record the available research materials on medieval and early modern Sheffield (c.800-1700), with a particular focus on the Castlegate area. These research materials will include texts, maps, archaeological remains, standing buildings, and environmental resources. You will produce a written report at the end of the period, detailing the resources available for our researchers.

You will have a good honours degree in History or Archaeology (or have equivalent experience) together with archival research experience, and excellent IT skills.

This post is fixed-term for a period of four months and is available as soon as possible.

Closing date: Friday 16 January.

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