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Council and Committees

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Council of the Society

Council is the elected governing body of the BSHS. It consists of five Officers and nine Ordinary Members, who meet three times a year to discuss and approve Society business. Terms of office are as laid out in the Policies and Procedures (available to members by a request to the [email protected].) Nominations for successors to outgoing members of Council are sought from the whole membership each spring; new members of Council are elected at an Extraordinary General Meeting, held in the summer of each year and open to all BSHS members.

This page lists the members of the Society’s governing Council and other committees.

Officers of Council

Dr Patricia Fara
Dr Patricia FaraPresident
Patricia Fara has a degree in physics from Oxford University and (as a mature student) a PhD in History of Science from London University. She is based in the History and Philosophy of Science department at Cambridge University, where she is a Fellow of Clare College. Her major research specialities are science in eighteenth-century England and scientific imagery, but she also writes and lectures on women in science both now and in the past. A regular contributor to radio, TV and general interest journals, she has published a range of academic and popular books on the history of science. Her Science: A Four Thousand Year History (2009) has been translated into nine languages and was awarded the Dingle Prize by the British Society for the History of Science. Her books include: Newton: The Making of Genius (2002), An Entertainment for Angels: Electricity in the Enlightenment (2002), Sex, Botany and Empire (2003), Pandora’s Breeches: Women, Science and Power in the Enlightenment (2004), and Erasmus Darwin: Sex, Science and Serendipity (2012). In addition, her Scientists Anonymous: Great Stories of Women in Science (2005) is designed for teenagers. Her most recent book is ‘A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War’ (2018).
Dr Tim Boon
Dr Tim BoonVice-President
Tim Boon, Head of Research & Public History for the Science Museum Group, is a historian and curator of the public culture of science. He is currently (part time) Visiting Cheney Fellow in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Culture at the University of Leeds. His published research (the books Films of Fact (2008) and Material Culture and Electronic Sound (co-edited with Frode Weium, 2013) and more than 30 papers) is mainly concerned with the history of science in documentary films, television, museums and, latterly, music. He has contributed to the exhibitions Health Matters (1994), Making the Modern World (2000) and Oramics to Electronica (2011). Arising from his historical research and his curatorial practice, he has developed strong interests in the public history of science, technology, engineering and medicine. He has acted as Principal- or Co-Investigator on several research projects on behalf of the Science Museum. More broadly, he is responsible for developing the Museum’s research and public history programme, and has oversight of the Science Museums & Archives AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership. He has experience of BSHS Council from two previous periods of service (1997-2000, 2008-2012).
Dr Rebekah Higgitt
Dr Rebekah HiggittTreasurer
Rebekah Higgitt is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent. She received her PhD from Imperial College London in 2004 and undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Edinburgh on the history and geography of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Between 2008 and 2013 she was Curator of the History of Science at the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory Greenwich. Her research, writing and public engagement activities have focused broadly on the relationship between science and society in 17th-19th-century Britain. This has included work on scientific biography, the material culture of science and its display in museums, and the relationship between science and government. Her books include Recreating Newton (2007), on 19th-century biographies of Isaac Newton, and Finding Longitude (2014), with Richard Dunn.
Dr Chiara Ambrosio
Dr Chiara AmbrosioHonorary Secretary
Chiara Ambrosio is a Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science at the Department of Science and Technology Studies (UCL). Her research focuses on representation across art and science, with a specific focus on nineteenth and twentieth century visual culture. Her published works combine philosophical accounts of representation with historical investigations into particular modes of image-making, such as diagrams and photographs, and the debates around their epistemological status at the turn of the century. The conceptual framework underpinning her research draws substantially on the pragmatist philosophy of Charles S. Peirce, and she is currently working on Peirce’s history and historiography of science.
Professor Charlotte Sleigh
Professor Charlotte SleighEditor of BJHS
Charlotte Sleigh is Professor of Science Humanities at the University of Kent and her research concerns the sciences where they intersect with history, literature, art and communication. One major area of her professional interests encompasses the history of natural history and animal studies. Her books on this topic include Ant (Reaktion, 2003); Six Legs Better (Johns Hopkins, 2007); Frog (Reaktion, 2010); Cosmopolitan Animals (Palgrave, 2015); and The Paper Zoo (British Library/Chicago, 2016). A second theme of Charlotte’s research concerns the historical and textual relationships between science and writing. Her first book on the topic, Literature and Science, was published by Palgrave in 2010, and she is currently working on another, Engineering Fiction, about science fiction and its fans in interwar Britain. In more recent years Charlotte has developed her interest in art and science, collaborating with a number of artists to produce shows including Chain Reaction! (Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, 2013) and Biological Hermeneutics (Chetham’s Library, Manchester, 2017). She co-founded the successful Masters programme in science communication at Kent, in which context she has developed and taught modules on science, ethics and controversy, visualising science, and knowledge in the ‘real world’.

Ordinary Members of Council

Erin Beeston
Erin BeestonUniversity of Manchester
Erin Beeston is a PhD student at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester, in collaboration with the Museum of Science and Industry. Her research explores the history of the museum site, a railway station from 1830 to 1975, and considers how the site was reimagined as a space for heritage. Prior to this, she worked at Bolton Museum as a Collections Access Officer, where she was responsible for social and industrial history collections and exhibitions. Erin has also worked at Salford Museum & Art Gallery as a researcher and at the Museum of Science and Industry in public programmes. Erin completed a Masters degree in Art Gallery and Museum Studies in 2008 and studied History at undergraduate level, both at the University of Manchester.
Dr Matthew Eddy
Dr Matthew EddyDurham University
Matthew Daniel Eddy is Durham University’s senior lecturer in the history of science. His research focuses on 18th- to 20th-century forms of scientific representation and argumentation, including historical conceptions of mind, memory, matter, time, language, visuality, informatics, human origins and religion. His honours include research fellowships awarded by MIT, Harvard, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, the AHRC and UCLA, as well as a Mellon Foundation visiting professorship awarded by California Institute of Technology.
Dr Martha Fleming
Dr Martha FlemingBritish Museum
Martha Fleming is currently a Senior Research Associate at the British Museum working on a large-scale project about the Enlightenment collections of Sir Hans Sloane. She has held a range of positions in museums and universities including that of Deputy Director of the V&A Research Institute and Programme Director of the Centre for Collections Based Research at the University of Reading. At Copenhagen’s Medical Museion, she was Creative Director of the 2010 Dibner Award winning exhibition Split + Splice: Fragments from the Age of Biomedicine. From 2009 to 2011, she was part of a team developing the Centre for Arts and Humanities Research at the Natural History Museum and Kingston University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She has also worked with London’s Science Museum as well as at the Royal Society, the UK’s science academy. She has held research fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), the Institute of Astronomy (Cambridge) and the Materials Library (University College London). She has also co-created, with Lyne Lapointe, large-scale site-specific collaborative exhibitions as an artist in Montreal, New York, London, Madrid and Sao Paulo. She is frequently invited to speak on research and practice that conjoins history of science, technology and medicine and museum and collection contexts. Further information is available on her website: www.marthafleming.net.
Dr Elizabeth Haines
Dr Elizabeth HainesScience Museum / University of Bristol
Elizabeth Haines is an interdisciplinary scholar working for the Science Museum and the University of Bristol. Her work in these institutions reflects her background in Fine Art, and an interest in the role of object-collections in historical research practices. A second strand of her research focuses on the history of cartography in twentieth-century colonial Africa, tracing the use of map documents in both governance and law.

Elizabeth has a commitment to bringing research to the public and engaging the public in research, and experience of exploring historical scholarship through a variety of public-oriented formats including film screenings, radio broadcast, exhibitions and theatre.

Dr Sadiah Qureshi
Dr Sadiah QureshiUniversity of Birmingham
Sadiah Qureshi is a Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Birmingham. She joined in 2011 after a completing her education and postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge. At the broadest level, she is interested in modern histories of race, science and empire. Her first book, Peoples on Parade: Exhibitions, Empire and Anthropology in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Chicago, 2011) explored the importance of displayed peoples for histories of race and the emergence of anthropology. She is currently working on her next book, provisionally entitled Vanished: Episodes in the History of Extinction, for Allen Lane an imprint of Penguin. She joined the BSHS council as an ordinary member in 2017.
Dr Anna Marie Roos
Dr Anna Marie RoosUniversity of Lincoln
Anna Marie Roos is a Reader in the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Lincoln. Anna Marie came to Lincoln from Oxford, where she was the Lister Research Fellow. She is an early modernist, specialising in the history of natural history, the history of chemistry, and the history of the Royal Society. Anna Marie has published three monographs in the history of science including Web of Nature: Martin Lister (1639-1712), the first arachnologist (Brill, 2011), as well as scientific papers concerning the use of historical sources in the solving of taxonomic controversies. She is a Fellow of the Linnean Society, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and in 2017 will be a Visiting Fellow at All Souls, Oxford. She is on the library committee at the Royal Society, and on Council for the Society of the History of Natural History. Currently, Anna Marie is working on a biography of Royal Society president Martin Folkes, as well as a book for Reaktion Press entitled: Goldfish. She also continues to edit the correspondence of Martin Lister for publication (Brill, 2014-2020).
Professor Ida Stamhuis
Professor Ida StamhuisVrije Universiteit / Aarhus University
Ida Stamhuis is member of the Executive Council of ESHS and editor of Centaurus, its official journal. She was Council Member of DHST/IUHPS. She is Ass.Prof. at VU University Amsterdam and was honorary professor of Aarhus University. She publishes on the history of statistics and quantification, on early genetics (the role of women and the contribution of Hugo de Vries) and on women in science in general. In 1996 she won the American HSS History of Women in Science Prize through her article “A Female Contribution to Early Genetics: Tine Tammes and Mendel’s Laws for Continuous Characters”, published in the Journal of the History of Biology in 1995. In 2014 she was involved in the erection of the university wide Stevin Centre for the History of Science and Humanities at de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, of which she became the Head.

Advisory Members of Council

  • Conferences Committee Chair: Dr Adam Mosley, University of Swansea
  • Archivist: Rebecca Fallas, University of Leeds

Outreach and Education Committee (OEC)

The Outreach and Education Committee replaced the former BSHS Education Section in 2005. It is responsible for planning and developing outreach work  in a variety of formal and informal educational contexts, and has the following members:

Chair: Dr Elizabeth Haines – Science Museum and University of Bristol ([email protected])

  • Rachel Boon, Imperial War Museum and University of Manchester (postgraduate representative)
  • Dr Anne Hanley, Birkbeck University of London (profile)
  • Dr Allan Jones, Open University
  • Alison Moulds, University of Oxford and University of Roehampton
  • Dr James Stark, University of Leeds (profile)
  • Dr Sophie Waring, Science Museum, London
  • Katherine McAlpine, Queen Mary, University of London (profile)
  • Dr James Sumner, University of Manchester (profile)

Conferences Committee

The Conferences Committee organises the Society’s conferences, colloquia, seminars and other events, and liaises with other societies and institutions on joint and co-located programme activities. It has the following members:

  • Chair: Dr Adam Mosley, University of Swansea
  • Secretary: Dr Samuel Robinson, University of York
  • Programme Co-Ordinator: Frank James, Royal Institution/UCL
  • Postgradaute Member: Sebestian Kroupa, Cambridge
  • Dr Ben Marsden, University of Aberdeen
  • Dr. Sabine Clarke, University of York

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee meets annually to scrutinise the Society’s annual accounts and the management of its investments, and provides general advice to the Treasurer. It is chaired by the Treasurer (Rebekah Higgit), and also includes the following members:

  • Dr Patricia Fara, Cambridge University
  • Dr Tim Boon, Science Museum Group
  • Dr Matthew Eddy, Durham University
  • Dr Sadiah Qureshi, University of Birmingham

Grants Committee

  • Chair (VP of BSHS): Dr Tim Boon, Science Museum Group
  • Dr Patricia Fara (BSHS President), Cambridge University
  • Dr Rebekah Higgitt, University of Kent
  • Dr Matthew Eddy, Durham University
  • Dr Sadiah Qureshi, University of Birmingham

Executive Secretary

  • Society administration in general is dealt with on a paid basis by the Executive Secretary, who plays a crucial role in the running of the Council, and attends its meetings.
  • The Executive Secretary also supports the work of the Committees as appropriate.
  • Contact: [email protected]

Complete list of BSHS presidents.

Details of previous BSHS committees are archived here: 2014-152013-142012-13 | 2011-12 | 2010-11 | 2009-10 | 2008-9 | 2007-8 | 2006-7 | 2005-6 | 2004-5 | 2003-4 | 2002-3