Collections-based PhD Training

This exciting training programme of PhD workshops is run from within the University of Reading’s Special Collections and the Museum of English Rural Life. Academic researchers and collections professionals deliver thought provoking hands on sessions which allow you to develop your research, networking, and collections skills.

University of Reading doctoral candidates can book via the Graduate School. External doctoral candidates are welcome to attend and can book a free place by e-mailing

Workshops (Mondays, 11.00-16.30)

23rd October 2017 – Navigating Collections

20th November 2017 – Reading Objects, Documents, and Images

27th November 2017 – Who Can I Turn To? Working With Collections Specialists

4th December 2017 – Teaching with Collections (13.00-16.00)

22nd January 2018 Exploring Collections Based Research Theories and Methods

5th February 2018 – What’s not there? Absences and Difficult Histories in Collections

26th February 2018 – Collectors and Collecting

19th March 2018 – Ethics and Integrity with Objects, Archives, Images, Data and People

16th April 2018 – Digital Humanities and Collections Based Research

30th April 2018 11:00-16:30 – Designing, Planning and Funding Collections Based Research Projects

14th May 2018 – Making it Count: Impact and Engagement with Collections