Community History Internships: Wytham Project

Salary: Spine Point 20 £15.15 per hour plus 12.07% in lieu of holiday

Start date: January 2024

Contract Type: Casual engagment

Hours: Variable but a minimum 7 hours per week

The Project

The Wytham estate is one of the Oxford area’s greatest treasures. Yet much of its history has still to be researched and written. This project, conceived as part of a wider University community history programme, will enhance knowledge and understanding of the history, buildings, and natural environment of this remarkable place. The envisioned outcomes include a series of public events and eventually a book.

The Role

We are seeking a number of Community History Interns to contribute towards a new study on the history of the Wytham estate. This study is jointly run as a partnership project between Wytham Woods and the new Community History Hub at Oxford’s Faculty of History.

As a Community History Intern you will work closely with various historians and members of the Wytham Woods team, as well as the Faculty’s Community History Fellow, to conduct primary and secondary research into one of the four key themes detailed below. Relevant training will be provided by your research supervisor, and these internships are intended to act as a valuable learning and skills development opportunities for candidates keen to develop experience and knowledge in historical research and communications. We welcome applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds, and from anyone with prior knowledge and interest in local history, to contribute towards shaping this new and exciting research initiative.

Four research themes have been identified in the current first phase of the project (outlined in the Further Particulars -see link below) – candidates are invited to specify which of these they would be interested in working on via their applications.

How to apply

Please submit the following documents to by noon on Wednesday 3 January 2024:

  • A brief statement of interest (no longer than 400 words) explaining which of the 4 key research themes you would be interested in working on (one or more is fine), giving your reasons why and what relevant skills, interests, and knowledge you may be able to bring to the project.
  • Please also include a CV indicating any academic and other appropriate qualifications and relevant experience (of no more than 2 pages in length).

Informal discussions will take place over Microsoft Teams in early January, with prior arrangement.