A recent Outreach and Education Committee project has been the collection of songs from the history of science. This resulted in a lyric-writing competition in 2009, in a blog containing historic examples, and in a session at ‘Outreach Day’ at the 2010 BSHS Aberdeen conference.
Astronomical Amusements is an activity developed by the Outreach and Education Committee introducing Georgian recreational astronomy. It ran at Scientriffic in Wrexham in 2008, and at an activity day at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford, in 2009.
The Tables Turned - Cast In Victorian Britain, thousands of people were turning tables. Participants at séances across the country heard long-departed voices, levitated musical instruments, and channelled strange languages, breaching supposed barriers between the natural and the supernatural, soul and matter, the known and the unknown, the quick and the dead. Well-known [...]
'The Business of Bodies' takes its audience to a grave-robbing trial of the late 1820s. 'Spanish Frank' has been apprehended after a moonlit chase through a churchyard, and is accused of body-snatching. The audience must act as his jury, as they hear expert witness from legal, medical, and scientific figures, and uncover the historical and social contexts of this grave anatomical trade.
'Natural Mimics' is an Outreach and Education Committee project based around the life, travels, and scientific works of Henry Walter Bates.
The Bone Trail is an exciting schools project funded jointly by the British Society for the History of Science, Bolton Local Authority Secondary Strategy and the Manchester Museum. A team of three educators -- one academic historian of science (Emm Barnes) and two science teachers (Peter Fowler and Alison Henning) -- designed two full [...]
Students uncover seventeenth-century attitudes to disease, medical practice and social standing and religion through role-play.
What would Faraday's magnets say if asked to tell you their life story? This pilot project is investigating the creative writing of 'object autobiographies' as an educational resource in history of science. Narratives in the voice of non-humans were used in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century education both to develop young people's powers of empathy [...]