Deadline for applications: Monday 15 January 2018 Shortlisted candidates to be interviewed via Skype on Wednesday 24 January 2018 Fellowship to be completed by: end June 2018 Fee payable to Fellow: £2000 The Polar Museum at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, is delighted to be hosting a BSHS Engagement Fellowship in the [...]
In 2016 the BSHS successfully launched an innovative scheme to promote the history of science and technology in the heritage sector: the BSHS Engagement Fellowships. The scheme was designed with two key goals. The first was to support archives and museums (a sector that is receiving dwindling state subsidy) to be able to tell new [...]
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 playing cards 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. [...]
'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.
Participants contemplate ventriloquising an artificial leg at the 2007 Annual Conference 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 [...]