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About the BSHS Outreach and Engagement Committee (OEC)

The Outreach and Engagement Committee (OEC) coordinates and directs the Society’s efforts to promote the understanding of the history of science, technology and medicine in a wide range of contexts, both formal and informal.

We do this through a variety of public events, supporting researchers to work with museums, festivals and schools, and through the provision of grants and awards. The committee also works to foster relationships between universities, museums and other institutions concerned with public engagement. To contact the committee, find out more about current projects, or discuss new suggestions, email [email protected] or follow BSHS Outreach and Engagement on twitter.

Scroll down to meet our current committee members and read more about our latest initiatives.

Our Activities

BSHS Ayrton Prize
BSHS Hughes Prize
BSHS Engagement Fellowships
BSHS Great Exhibitions Prize
OEC Project Grants

Meet the Committee

Dr Elizabeth Haines
Dr Elizabeth HainesUniversity of Bristol
Elizabeth Haines is a Research Fellow in History at the University of Bristol. She is a historian of colonial cartography and land rights in Southern Africa. She is also engaged in a variety of projects on heritage collections and public participation in history, including work with the Science Museum, London; Bristol Archives; National Museums Kenya; and the Royal Academy of Fine Art, Antwerp. She has previously worked on public engagement with research through radio, theatre and film.
Dr Anne Hanley
Dr Anne HanleyBirkbeck University of London
Anne Hanley is Lecturer in History of Science and Medicine at Birkbeck, University of London. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. Before joining Birkbeck, she was the Junior Research Fellow in Modern History at New College, University of Oxford. Anne has published widely on the history of sex and sexual health. In addition to her academic work, she is a historical consultant for TV and radio. Her monograph Medicine, Knowledge and Venereal Diseases in England, 1886–1916 is published with Palgrave.
Dr Allan Jones
Dr Allan JonesOpen University
Allan Jones is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications at the Open University. His teaching work centres mainly on communications technology, although he has also written distance-teaching material on music and on electronics. His research focuses mainly the history and sociology of science and technology, and he gained a PhD from University College London for work on the history of science broadcasting on the BBC. He has also published musicological articles, and is a timpanist in the Open University Orchestra.
Dr Sophie Waring
Dr Sophie WaringScience Museum, London
Dr Sophie Waring is currently the Curator of Chemistry at the Science Museum, London curating a collection that spans from the middle ages through to twenty first experimental and industrial chemistry. Previously Sophie worked as the Curator of Contemporary Science at the History of Science Museum, University of Oxford and completed a PhD in the history of science at Cambridge, researching the interactions of men of science and politics in the early nineteenth century.
Rachel Boon
Rachel BoonScience Museum, London & University of Manchester
Rachel Boon is Curator of Technology and Engineering at the Science Museum. She is also undertaking a PhD at the University of Manchester researching the Post Office Research Station in the mid-20th century.
Lenka Sediva
Lenka SedivaDurham University
Lenka Sediva is a third-year Leverhulme Doctoral scholar in the History of Science and Medicine at Durham University. Her project specialises on the material and visual culture of Domestic Medicine, Women and Nationalism in Early Nineteenth-Century Bohemia. She undertook a three-month doctoral placement at Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds where she worked alongside the Curatorial, Collections and Learning teams and where she remains engaged as a volunteer. Lenka is also working as a teaching assistant for the Science, Medicine & Society module at Durham University.
Katherine McAlpine
Katherine McAlpineQueen Mary, University of London
Katherine MacAlpine is an experienced museum professional and events programmer with a background in learning, cultural events and science communication. She is Senior Producer at the Imperial War Museum, leading engagement activities across audiences. Before that, she was part of the Centre for Public Engagement at Queen Mary University of London, and has managed interpretation projects and live events at the National Maritime Museum, London. She writes and speaks on a range of Museum-related issues, including co-production with audiences, site-specific theatre and failure as a learning tool. She is one of the London reps for the Museums Association and a mentor for Group for Education in Museums.
Eleanor Armstrong
Eleanor ArmstrongUniversity College London
Eleanor (she/her) is a doctoral candidate, supervised at the Institute of Education and the Science and Technology Studies departments. Her research takes a critical pedagogy approach to understand narratives constructed in physical science and technology museums, and is particularly attentive to representation of intersectional genders and sexualities. She also has a strong background in public engagement, having worked as an Explainer at the London Science Museum, at the Edinburgh and Cheltenham Science Festivals, and at the Science Gallery London. Eleanor has also lead her own public engagement projects, that highlight and celebrate LGBTQ+ STEM professionals, including BSHS funded Queering the Science Museum; Outliers: Materials Change Lives; and Moon Tales.
Dr James Sumner
Dr James SumnerUniversity of Manchester
James Sumner is Senior Lecturer in the History of Technology at the University of Manchester. His research ranges widely across the histories of applied science and technology, including computing and IT, technical education, industrial science, and the history and heritage of Manchester and its universities. He has a strong interest in public engagement, andhas delivered over 50 public and general-audience events including talks, discussion sessions and guided tours, often working with local audiences in Manchester or addressing local themes. He collaborates regularly on research supervision and public activities with colleagues at the Science and Industry Museum and its partner organisations in the national Science Museum Group.
Nicola Sugden
Nicola SugdenUniversity of Manchester
Nicola Sugden is currently writing up her PhD thesis on the history of child psychoanalysis and is based at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (University of Manchester). She is the current BSHS Communications Officer, and also works as an NHS administrator in Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement.

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