St Mary's Church Beverley Studentship

The St Mary's Church Beverley Studentship has a value of £1000, and an opportunity to undertake a placement with the church. This studentship will be of particular interest to students on the Medieval Art and Medievalisms Pathway.

  • Funding: £1000
  • Academic year: 2021/22
  • Open to: International (including EU) and UK (home) students
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate taught
Applications for 2021/22 are closed.


St Mary’s is a medieval church in the market town of Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire. Founded in the mid-twelfth century, St Mary’s is the oldest building in Beverley.  As well as a major tourist attraction, St Mary’s is a venue for some of the finest cultural events in the region. Each year approximately 20,000 visitors from around the world come to St Mary’s for concerts and festivals, and to explore the rich heritage found in the building.

This is an exciting period at St Mary’s. In 2019, the church was awarded a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support essential repairs to its stonework and the launch of a programme of activities themed around the church’s heritage.  These activities aim to find new ways to share the church’s history with the public, and include creating digital resources, conducting research projects, and holding a series of exhibitions showcasing St Mary’s heritage.


Open to International (including EU) and UK (home) students.

Open to students in the Department of History of Art.

Studentship applications are welcomed from all full-time students, and part-time students in their second year of study, on the MA in History of Art, or a related pathway degree, regardless of fee status (Home, EU or Overseas).

How to apply

Application deadline: Monday 18 October 2021, 11am BST

Please submit your CV and an enthusiastic personal statement of no more than 800 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
  • any relevant skills, knowledge and/or experience
  • how you see the award fitting in with and facilitating your career plans.

You are advised to consult the information on this page, and St Mary's own websitebefore you apply.  Please email your CV and personal statement to by the deadline.

Terms and conditions

The partnership student will aid in the research and planning of an exhibition to be held at St Mary’s in Summer 2022, the specific contents of which will be developed collaboratively with the student to meet their research interests and skills. The placement will be for 3 weeks full-time in May or June 2022 (or an equivalent number of days stretched over a longer period of time). The successful applicant will be enthusiastic about finding creative ways to display historical objects. They will be organised, an excellent communicator, and able to work within a team as well as on their own initiative. In return, they will gain insight into how a permanent collection is managed at a heritage site and will have direct involvement in how items from that collection are shared with the public.

Expected tasks include:

  • assisting in selecting and researching the items to be included in the exhibition
  • assisting with planning and organising the exhibition
  • assisting in preparing text for the exhibition and accompanying publicity materials.

The partnership student will work within a small team at the church, led by St Mary’s Heritage Learning Officer and the Director of Development. The specific working arrangements will be organised with the successful applicant.

Contact details

History of Art Postgraduate Admissions Team

Stephanie King/Fiona Watson