The Doncaster Mansion House Partnership Studentship‌‌‌

Doncaster Mansion House

The 2016-17 Doncaster Mansion House Partnership Studentship will provide the successful applicant with a partial fee waiver of £5,000, a £300 travel bursary and an opportunity to work on a local history research project.

Doncaster Mansion House

About Doncaster Mansion House

Doncaster Mansion House was an important focus for the social, economic and local government life of the sub-region. Built in 1749 by James Paine as a place for entertainment and civic functions, Doncaster Mansion House is one of Yorkshire’s most distinguished and significant examples of Georgian architecture. It is now at a momentous threshold in its history: having been recently vacated by Doncaster Borough Council it is now being reconceptualised as a visitor attraction and place of entertainment and education.

About Doncaster Civic Trust and the Friends of Doncaster Mansion House

Doncaster Civic Trust is a local charity whose main aims are to seek the protection and enhancement of Doncaster’s built environment and heritage and to improve public understanding and appreciation of its built and natural environments. The Friends of Doncaster Mansion House offer support by volunteering, researching, fundraising and organising events and activities.

The project

The Project

We are interested in bringing the story of Doncaster district’s many country estates to public attention and exploring their physical characteristics and their social and economic influence on 21st century Doncaster.

This partnership is a new and stimulating opportunity for a student who would value experience in heritage management and curatorial practices. The successful applicant will work with the Trust and Friends on initiatives to celebrate the tercentenary of Paine's birth in 2017 and the project 'Doncaster's Country Estates and the Mansion House: Their architecture, landscapes and social and economic impact on the development of the sub-region.'

Your role will be three-fold: you will be engaged as a scholar and researcher, but also as a curator of the Paine exhibition to be opened at Mansion House in summer 2017. You will also engage with local schools to further the aim of enhancing young people’s understanding and appreciation of the borough’s history and the dynamic forces which have created today’s environment. Virtually all of the estates (existing and defunct) fall within, or close to, the catchments of all Doncaster’s schools and it could be a key element of the research that participating schools explore the history of their local estate.

Doncaster is 20 minutes away from York by train and this exciting studentship partnership comes with a £300 travel stipend. Applicants are very welcome to contact Jeffrey Prior, Doncaster Civic Trust, for further information.




To be eligible to apply for this studentship, you must already be holding an offer of a place on the taught MA in History of Art, or a related pathway degree. Applications are welcomed from all offer holders, regardless of fee status (Home, EU or Overseas). Please see our general guidance.

If you are yet to submit an application for MA study with us but hope to apply for a partnership studentship, please e-mail us immediately at for individual guidance. You will need to submit your application for an MA place as a matter of urgency.

How to apply 

Submit an enthusiastic personal statement of no more than 500 words which explains your interest in, and suitability for, this partnership opportunity. In particular, we will be looking for:

  • your awareness of, interest in and commitment to the period / theme / collection(s) of the partner institution;
  • your relevant skills, knowledge and/or experience;
  • how you see the award fitting in with and facilitating your career plans.

Remember to consult the information on this webpage, and the partner institution's own website, before you apply.

Please email your personal statement to by 12 noon (BST) on Monday 6 June 2016.


Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview, scheduled on Friday 24 June 2016. Please ensure your availability for travel and attendance before submitting an application. If you are not in the UK on the interview date it may be possible to arrange interview by skype; please email us ( for guidance.