Wednesday, April 29, 2009

‘Roger Machado, a life in objects’

Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton,

and Southampton Museum of Archaeology

AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award

Roger Machado was probably of Portuguese origin, but first comes into
English records in the Netherlands as Herald to Henry Richmond, later
Henry VII. As Clarenceaux King of Arms, he was sent on a number of
diplomatic missions, but he also became Searcher of Customs for
Southampton, and was involved in the arrest of Perkin Warbeck.

During excavations in 1976, the site of his house in the old commercial
district of the city of Southampton yielded large quantities of very
high quality Venetian glass, and French and Italian ceramics. The
student's research project will bring analysis of these material remains
to bear on the documentary records, relating the story of Machado's
official life as herald and customs officer to his economic and domestic
life as an immigrant and merchant living in Southampton. In addition to
the thesis, the project will result in a new exhibition in the Museum of
Archaeology, and an outreach programme to schools.

The supervisors are Professor Ros King (English), Professor Anne Curry
(History), Professor Matthew Johnson (Archaeology), and Duncan Brown for
the Southampton Museum of Archaeology.

Required: a good 2.1 honours degree and an MA (or equivalent) in any
relevant discipline, and a willingness to undertake interdisciplinary
research. There may be scope for creative writing in the dissemination
of the research findings, should the successful student’s skills also
lie in that direction.

The award consists of full fees plus a stipend (currently £12,940 per
annum) for three years, commencing in October 2009.

For further details please see the full description of the project
or e-mail

Application is by cv; sample of written work (5,000 words, max); and
covering letter, explaining why you feel you are suitable for this
research project. Please also arrange for two academic references to be
sent independently by the deadline. All material should be sent to

Deadline: 18 May 2009

Interviews will take place on the morning of 27 May.


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