The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) is delighted to announce the third iteration of a scheme to support small and local museums, archives, galleries and libraries whose collections connect to themes in the history of science, technology, engineering and medicine. The BSHS is inviting museums and archives to apply to the scheme in order to support their ambitions to deliver engaging histories and stories to their visitors.
This scheme will fund the placement of Master’s or PhD students with heritage organisations and museums for the equivalent of a month’s work (timescales can be arranged between the partner museum and student) as an Engagement Fellow and contribute £1000 towards the costs of public engagement outputs related to the research undertaken. Examples could include:
· Updating displays or research guides
· Blog posts or digital content
· Museum trails
· Informal learning sheets
· Events for schools, families or adults
We welcome proposals for collaboration from museums and heritage organisations based in the UK. Please note science, technology, engineering and medicine are broadly defined. and we would welcome applications from local authorities or community organisations whose collections offer insight into, for example, the social histories of technologies, industrial history or professions. We particularly welcome applications from organisations who are at the early stages of engaging the public with these themes. If you are interested please complete an expression of interest form, which is available to download here.
If selected, your proposal would be circulated to postgraduate students studying the history of science, technology, engineering and medicine who will then apply to be involved in the project. This scheme requires the heritage partner to provide training and mentorship for the appointed student during the placement. The student will develop valuable skills and experiences while producing outputs of high research quality. Brief summaries of the work undertaken by previous Fellows are available here.
Please direct your completed applications form or any queries you have about the programme to Dr Elizabeth Haines ([email protected]). The deadline for expressions of interest is 18th January 2019.