Postdoctoral Fellowship (MoI Project)

Thursday 16 April 2015

Applications are invited for a research assistantship, as part of a four-year major research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which started in February 2014. The post is available from 1 July 2015 for a fixed term until 26 January 2018.

The Project

The AHRC research grant is supporting a four-year project based at the Institute of English Studies, a member institute of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. The project is led by Professor Simon Eliot of the Institute of English Studies as principal investigator, with Dr Simon Tanner of the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London as co-principal investigator. The project is in partnership with the National Archives at Kew, and works closely with the Imperial War Museum, the Mass Observation Archive at Sussex University, and with the BBC archives at Caversham.

This ground-breaking project aims to address a glaring gap in the history of twentieth-century Britain. Despite its immortalisation as 'The Ministry of Truth' by George Orwell in his novel 1984, and its important role as the public information authority and publicity agent of the British government during the Second World War, relatively little scholarly research has been done on the Ministry of Information.

The project is addressing some of the historical and cultural problems raised by the MOI by using the discipline of publishing history which, for the first time, is being applied systematically to government institutions.

The Project is pursuing the following main objectives:

• To explore the MOI as a Publishing Enterprise from 1939 to 1946.
• To investigate the MOI as a Communications Network.
• To study the MOI as a social, political, and cultural institution by assessing its impact on the society in which it operated.

The project is currently analysing an extensive array of primary resources and plans to interview as many as possible of those whose lives and opinions were in some way affected by the Ministry’s output. We hope that much of the material collected will be made publicly available in the form of a virtual museum and archive. A public exhibition is also planned.

The project’s current website is:

Further Information

This is a fixed term contract, ending in January 2018. In order to apply please upload a CV and cover letter (no more than 1500 words) using the link below.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, 14 May 2015 at midnight. Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 1 June 2015.

Please find further information following the link below:

Postdoctoral Fellowship (MoI Project) (057/15)