Temple Newsam Partnership Studentship

This studentship has a value of £1000, and will provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to undertake a placement with Temple Newsam, one of the finest historic houses in Yorkshire

  • 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.

Temple Newsam building with blue sky and garden in foreground

Temple Newsam is one of the finest historic houses in Yorkshire, capturing over 500 years of history. The collections show how the house was used as a family home which was once birthplace to Lord Darnley, notorious husband of Mary Queen of Scots.

Following extensive restoration, over 40 interiors now display one of the most important collections of fine and decorative arts in Britain, which was designated as being of pre-eminent importance in 1997 - the first country house to be recognised in this way. It is a treasure house of outstanding collections including furniture, ceramics, textiles, silver and wallpaper.


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, 11pm 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
  • which of the two projects you would be interested in undertaking, and why
  • 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 Temple Newsam’s own website, before you apply. Please email your CV and personal statement to history-of-art@york.ac.uk by the deadline.


Contact details

History of Art Postgraduate Admissions Team

Stephanie King/Fiona Watson

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 has the opportunity to work on one of these two projects:

1) Exploring the Images of Black People at Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam has a small number of objects that depict black people, across decorative and fine arts. In these objects the images of black people seemingly play the role of mere decorative devices. However, beyond this – if indeed this assertion is correct – we currently lack understanding of these objects. This project will therefore further explore this part of our collection and reveal to the public this untold and overlooked side of their story.


  • Carrying out research using Temple Newsam’s collection files
  • Conducting research using sources elsewhere that will help to contextualize these objects
  • Writing an accessible blog for Leeds Museums and Galleries website
  • Assisting in creating new interpretation for these objects within the museum

2) Exploring the Story of Food and Drink through the Decorative Arts Collection

Temple Newsam is a mansion with over 500-years of history, sitting within a broader estate that has witnessed countless meals and beverages consumed; the humble to the grand; the local to the exotic. In addition to this, Temple Newsam now houses one of the finest collections of decorative arts in the UK, much of which would have been created to consume food and drink.

Food and drink has been identified as a rich subject to further explore across the estate in the coming years, but we need to increase our knowledge base and explore how we can engage the public in this broad area which covers a wide range of disciplines. This project will focus specifically on our decorative arts collections related to food and drink, exploring their functionality and how this intersected with issues of taste and fashion, technology, gender, class and empire.


  • Selecting a group of objects and/or historic inventories to focus on
  • Research objects using resources on site at Temple Newsam and elsewhere using secondary sources
  • Connect the type of objects at Temple Newsam today to those revealed in archive documents
  • Creating a blog for Leeds Museums and Galleries website