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Professor Anne Massey secures AHRC funding

Prof Anne Massey has secured an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award

in partnership with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Serving the Empire: P & O, Design, Identity and Representation, 1837-1969

The School of Art & Design, Middlesex University and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich are offering a funded, full-time studentship tenable for 3 years. The studentship is funded through the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards scheme. The project will be supervised by Professor Anne Massey, Middlesex University, and John Graves, Curator of Ship History at the National Maritime Museum.

The  project supports the work of one doctoral student to investigate the archives of the shipping company,  the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (renamed P & O in 1840), and its subsidiary companies, during the period of its operation. The main focus of the project is to analyse how P & O used artists and designers to represent its corporate mission and identity.  Making extensive use of the wealth of archival sources held in the Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum, the student will interrogate links between the history of British imperialism and design.  There is also the opportunity to make use of the National Maritime Museum’s important maritime ephemera collection, which comprises a rich and hitherto neglected source of menu cards, advertising material and other examples of graphic design, many originating directly from P & O. To complement this work, the student will also investigate the P & O Heritage Collection, based in London, which includes posters and artwork commissioned by the company.  The project also draws upon the P & O Art Collection to explore how the company’s values, aspirations, corporate ambitions and corporate identity were supported by the patronage of the arts.

This is a hands on project which analyses visual and written sources to ascertain how the company saw itself, how artists and designers were commissioned, how P & O presented itself publicly through visual means and how this relates to the broader context of British Imperialism and post colonialism.

For enquires please contact Professor Anne Massey or John Graves