[SIGCIS-Members] Fwd: AHRC-funded PhD Studentship - An Environmental History of Submarine Cable Telegraphy circa 1880-1940

Christine Finn christine.finn at gmail.com
Mon Jan 3 07:45:47 PST 2022

Hello, and happy new year to you all!

Below might be of interest to members?

best wishes,


*AHRC-funded PhD Studentship with the University of Exeter, Bath Spa
University and PK Porthcurno Museum of Global Communication*

* Sustaining the Nervous System of the World: An Environmental History of
Submarine Cable Telegraphy circa 1880-1940*

The project is a systematic study of the environmental strategies, broadly
conceived, of the world’s leading submarine telegraph cable manufacturers
between 1880 and 1940, the period when the business peaked. Cable making
was dominated by a handful of British-based private firms, notably the
Telegraphic Construction and Maintenance Company, W. T. Henley’s
Telegraphic Works, and the India Rubber, Gutta Percha and Telegraphic Works
Company, whose long-term success depended on tackling critical
environmental issues affecting the supply of the materials used in cables.

Using the underexplored archives of cable makers at PK Porthcurno and
elsewhere, the project will significantly enrich historical understanding
of the way the telecommunications industry has coped with its environmental
impacts and this will underpin new critical perspectives on modern problems
of reducing cable waste in our oceans. This project represents an exciting
alignment of the research objectives of the HEI supervisors (Prof Richard
Noakes at Exeter, Dr Cassie Newland at Bath Spa) and PK Porthcurno. The
project will help PK Porthcurno better understand and exhibit materials in
its collections relating to cable making, including archival documents and
objects from Telcon, Henley’s and similar British firms. It will also help
PK Porthcurno develop public understanding of the environmental impacts of
telecommunications, past and present.

The project is part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training
Partnership (SWW DTP2).

For further details and to apply please click on the following link:


*The deadline for applications is 24 January 2022*
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