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Funded PhD Opportunity in Northern Ireland: Reimagining, Remaking and the Curation/Collecting of the Fine Art Print

Ulster University, in collaboration with Armagh Robinson Library, is seeking to recruit a funded PhD student to carry out research on the prints collection of Archbishop Richard Robinson.

This PhD research project focuses on the rare, culturally and historically important print collection amassed by Richard Robinson, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh (1765-1794) and 1st Baron Rokeby. Known as the ‘Rokeby Collection’, it comprises over 4,000 prints spanning the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. It is held at Armagh Robinson Library, Northern Ireland’s oldest public library, which was founded by Archbishop Robinson in 1771 to make his collection of books and fine art publicly accessible. The collection represents the best of the medium across early modern Europe.

The PhD project will investigate how and why the Rokeby Collection was put together, the techniques and technologies employed by the artists and craftspeople represented, and the significance of the collection and its subject matter within and beyond the island of Ireland. In this context, it will situate it within the history of eighteenth-century collecting.

The closing date for applications is Monday 28 February 2022. 

For further information, or to make an application, please go to