Do you teach or communicate the history of science, technology or medicine to under-18s or the wider public? Do you want to know more about cutting edge learning resources and techniques in the field? If so, you’re eligible for a bursary to attend the Outreach Day on Saturday 30 June at the BSHS Annual Conference in Manchester.

As part of the three-day conference, Outreach Day includes three 90-minute sessions organised by the BSHS Outreach and Education committee, designed to benefit anyone involved in teaching or communicating the history of science.

Outreach Day Programme 9:00-10:30 Learning history of science online. Explore the use of e-learning in history of science, technology and medicine, with specialist experts speaking about exciting new online resources. These include The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online, Livingstone Online: Exploring the Medical Writings of David Livingstone, and a new set of student research tutorials under development on the history of electricity.

11:00-12:30 The adventures of an historical object and other stories. See the results of a pilot project on the creative writing of ‘object stories’ as an educational technique in history of science. Focusing upon artefacts in local museums and drawing on the experience of project participants, you will be given an opportunity to try writing a short autobiography of a past objects from science, technology and or medicine and to discuss suitable educational uses of these narratives.

13:30-15:00 Using role-play to teach the history of medicine: re-enacting the plague in seventeenth-century York. Try out role-play as a way of engaging young people with medical history! This session is a dramatised enquiry into the York plague epidemic of 1631. A number of historical characters will be interviewed by city aldermen, the lead alderman being a scripted ‘actor’, the audience making up the remaining interrogators. At the BAAS Festival of Science at York in September 2007 this role-play will be recreated for participation by children aged 9 and over.

The day’s programme also includes a public event on science and film (begins 15:30; details to be announced) and a guided walk around Manchester’s scientific and industrial heritage, conducted by local volunteers (begins 17:00)

About the bursaries While the registration fee for Saturday’s events (including lunch, refreshments and access to all sessions) is £46, bursary recipients will pay only a nominal fee of £5 towards catering costs. The £41 bursaries will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so you are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Download the application form (pdf)

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If you are eligible, please print off and fill in the second page and post it, together with your cheque, to the Executive Secretary at the address indicated. Registration options for the full conference, and other useful information including travel directions, are available from