The Science Museum Group Journal Editorial Board comprises:
- Dr Sam Alberti, National Museums Scotland
- Dr Geoffrey Cubitt, University of York
- Professor Justin Dillon (Chair), University of Bristol
- Professor Elizabeth Edwards, De Montfort University
- Dr Helen Graham, University of Leeds
- Dr Haidy Geismar, University College London
- Dr Theano Moussouri, Institute of Archaeology
- Professor Elizabeth Pye, University College London
- Professor Richard Sandell, University of Leicester
- Professor Simon Schaffer, University of Cambridge
The Journal Reviews Editor is:
Dr Sam Alberti
Sam Alberti is Keeper of Science and Technology at National Museums Scotland. Sam trained in the history of science and medicine and wrote a PhD on late Victorian science at the universities of Leeds and Sheffield. He became interested in museums as the focus of historical study before working in them – first at the Manchester Museum, then as Director of Museums and Archives at the Royal College of Surgeons of England (which includes the Hunterian Museum). He taught museum studies and the history of science at the University of Manchester, and was Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. He has curated exhibitions on race, museum history, and the First World War. His research has focused on the history of collections, in particular the trajectories and meanings of scientific, medical and natural objects in Britain since 1800.
Ten selected publications:
- Alberti, S, 2016, ‘The History of Medical Museums in Edinburgh’, Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (forthcoming)
- Alberti, S, 2015, ‘The “Regiment of Skeletons”: A First World War Medical Collection’, Social History of Medicine 28: 108–133
- Alberti, S (ed), 2014, War, Art and Surgery: The Work of Henry Tonks and Julia Midgley (London: Royal College of Surgeons)
- Alberti, S and Hallam, E (eds), 2013, Medical Museums: Past Present Future (London: Royal College of Surgeons)
- Alberti, S, 2011, Morbid Curiosities: Medical Museums in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
- Alberti, S (ed), 2011, The Afterlives of Animals: A Museum Menagerie (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press)
- Alberti, S and Lynch, B T, 2010, ‘Legacies of Prejudice: Racism, Co-production and Radical Trust in the Museum’, Museum Management and Curatorship 25: 13–35
- Alberti, S, 2009, Nature and Culture: Objects, Disciplines and the Manchester Museum (Manchester: Manchester University Press)
- Alberti, S, 2005, ‘Objects and the Museum’, Isis 96: 559–571
- Alberti, S, 2003, ‘Conversaziones and the Experience of Science in Victorian England’, Journal of Victorian Culture 8: 208–230
Dr Geoffrey Cubitt
BA, MA, PhD (Cantab)
Geoff Cubitt is a Reader in the History Department at the University of York, and is Director of its Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past (IPUP). He is the author of The Jesuit Myth: Conspiracy Theory and Politics in Nineteenth-Century France (1993), and History and Memory (2007), and editor or co-editor of Imagining Nations (1998), Heroic Reputations and Exemplary Lives (2000), and most recently (with Laurajane Smith, Ross Wilson and Kalliopi Fouseki) of Representing Enslavement and Abolition in Museums: Ambiguous Engagements (2011).
He began his career as a specialist in the political and religious cultures, mentalities and polemical traditions of nineteenth-century France, focusing especially on the role of conspiracy theories in the political discourse of both Left and Right, on the role of ideas of heroism, sacrifice and providence in political and religious discourse, and on the political uses of history.
While retaining an interest in these themes, his work over the last quarter century has broadened to encompass the conceptual study of history and memory, and especially of commemoration, the nature and uses of heroic reputations, and the representation of the past in museums and heritage institutions, especially in contemporary Britain. He was Co-Investigator on the AHRC–funded 1807 Commemorated project, which analysed museum activity to mark the 2007 Bicentenary of the Act Abolishing the Slave Trade. This involved close collaboration with a number of major museums, as well as a broader survey of the museum sector and an analysis of visitor responses to exhibitions.
As Director of IPUP and as recent convenor of the University of York’s MA in Public History, Geoff is actively involved in promoting the development of public history and of partnerships and interactions between academic and other history-making groups or institutions in the UK. He is currently academic supervisor for a CDA student supervised jointly by the University of York and the National Railway, working on railways and commemoration, and has several other PhD students working on museum-related topics or on aspects of memory and commemoration.
Professor Justin Dillon (Chair)
- Professor of science and environmental education, University of Bristol
- From 23 December 2017, Professor of science and environmental education, University of Exeter
Justin Dillon taught in London schools for nine years before joining King’s College London in 1989. He was one of the co-ordinators of the ESRC’s Targeted Initiative on Science and Mathematics Education (TISME) and a member of the ASPIRES project. In 2014 he moved to take up the post of Head of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Bristol. From December 2017, he will be Professor of Science and Environmental Education at the University of Exeter.
He is a trustee of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and president of the National Association for Environmental Education. He was President of the European Science Education Research Association from 2007–2011 and co-edited the International Journal of Science Education. From January 2018 he will be the Editor-in-Chief of Studies in Science Education.
His research interests include science teaching and learning in schools, museums, science centres and in the outdoor classroom.
- Reid, A and Dillon, J (eds), 2017, Environmental Education (London: Routledge)
- Dillon, J, 2016, Towards a Convergence Between Science and Environmental Education: The Selected Works of Justin Dillon (New York: Routledge)
- Dillon, J, Stevenson, R B and Wals, A E, 2016, ‘Introduction to the special section: Moving from citizen to civic science to address wicked conservation problems’, Conservation Biology, 30(3), 450–455
- Tasquier, G, Levrini, O and Dillon, J, 2016, ‘Exploring students’ epistemological knowledge of models and modelling in science: results from a teaching/learning experience on climate change’, International Journal of Science Education, 38(4), 539–563
- Wong, V, Dillon, J and King, H, 2016, ‘STEM in England: meanings and motivations in the policy arena’, International Journal of Science Education 38(15), pp 2346–2366
Other selected publications
- Osborne, J and Dillon, J, 2008, Science education in Europe: Critical reflections (London: Nuffield Foundation 375)
- Dillon, J, Rickinson, M, Teamey, K, Morris, M, Choi, M Y, Sanders, D, Benefield, P, 2006, ‘The value of outdoor learning: evidence from research in the UK and elsewhere’, School Science Review 87 (320), 107 119
- Dillon, J and Rickinson, M, 2004, ‘A review of research on outdoor learning’, FS Council, National Foundation for Educational Research in England and Wales, King's College London, Field Studies Council 246
- Oulton, C, Dillon, J, Grace, M M, 2004, ‘Reconceptualizing the teaching of controversial issues’, International Journal of Science Education 26 (4), 411–423 144
- Oulton, C, Day, V, Dillon, J, Grace, M, ‘Controversial issues-teachers' attitudes and practices in the context of citizenship education’, Oxford Review of Education 30 (4), 489–507
Professor Elizabeth Edwards
- Research Professor in Photographic History and Director of Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University
A visual and historical anthropologist, Elizabeth Edwards has worked extensively on the relationships between photography, anthropology and history, on the social practices of photography, on the materiality of photographs and on photography and historical imagination. She has previously held posts as Curator of Photographs at Pitt Rivers Museum and lecturer in visual anthropology at the University of Oxford, and at the University of the Arts London. In addition to major monographs, she has published over 70 essays in journals and exhibition catalogues over the years, is on the board of major journals in the field including Visual Studies and History of Photography, and was Vice-President of the Royal Anthropological Institute 2009-12. In spring 2012 she held a Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Durham. With colleagues in the Netherlands and Norway, she has recently completed a major HERA/European-funded project, PhotoCLEC, on the role of the photographic legacy of the colonial past in contemporary Europe. She is currently working on late nineteenth and early twentieth century photographic societies and networks of photographic knowledge, on the visual culture of the nineteenth century Colonial Office, and on the market in ‘ethnographic’ photographs across scientific and popular domains in the nineteenth century.
- Edwards, E and Mead, M, 2013, ‘Absent Histories and Absent Images: Photographs, Museums and the Colonial Past’, Museums & Society, 11(1) 19–38
- Edwards, E, 2012, The camera as historian: amateur photographers and historical imagination, 1885–1918 (Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press)
- Edwards, E et al, PhotoCLEC, Photographs, Colonial Legacy and Museums in Contemporary European Culture website
- Edwards, E, 2012, ‘Objects of Affect: Photography Beyond the Image’, Annual Review of Anthropology, 41, pp 221–234
- Edwards, E, 2011, ‘Photographs: material form and dynamic archive’, in Caraffa, C (ed), Photo archives and the photographic memory of art history (Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag), pp 47–56
- Edwards, E, 2011, ‘Tracing photography’, in Ruby, J and Banks, M (eds), Made to be seen: perspectives on the history of visual anthropology (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), pp 159–189
- Edwards, E, 2010, ‘Photographs and history: emotion and materiality’, in Dudley, S H (ed), Museum materialities: objects, engagements, interpretations (Abingdon: Routledge)
- Edwards, E, and Morton, C (eds), 2009, Photography, Anthropology and History (Aldershot: Ashgate)
- Edwards, E, 2009, ‘Evolving Images: Photography, Race and Popular Darwinism’, in Donald, D and Munro, J (eds), Endless Forms, Darwin, Natural Sciences and the Visual Arts (New Haven/London: Yale University Press)
- Edwards, E, 2009, ‘Photography and the Material Performance of the Past’, History and Theory 48(4): 130-50
- Edwards, E, 2009, ‘Unblushing Realism and the threat of the pictorial’, History of Photography 33(1): 3–17
Dr Helen Graham
- University Research Fellow in Tangible and Intangible Heritage and Director, Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage, University of Leeds
Helen Graham’s research and teaching interests directly flow from practical experience working in learning and access teams in museums and coordinating community heritage projects concerned with the co-production of knowledge, archives and exhibits. She held a Museum Practice Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution (2010–2011) where she used participatory research methods to explore intellectual access to museums and is currently PI on two AHRC Connected Communities Research projects.
Current research projects
- ‘How should decisions about heritage be made?’: Co-designing a research project, University of Leeds (February 2013-May 2015)
PI with Martin Bashforth (York’s Alternative History and Radical Historian), Mike Benson, (Director, Bede’s World), Tim Boon (Head of Research and Public History, Science Museum), Karen Brookfield (Deputy Director, Strategy, Heritage Lottery Fund), Peter Brown (Director, York Civic Trust), Danny Callaghan (Independent Consultant and Co-ordinator for Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative: ‘Building Stories’ and ‘The Potteries Tile Trail’ (HLF All Our Stories), Richard Courtney (University of Leicester), Alex Hale (Royal Commission of Ancient and Historic Monuments Scotland), Rebecca Madgin (University of Leicester), Paul Manners (Director, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement), Jennifer Timothy (Senior Building Conservation Officer, Leicester City Council), Rachael Turner (MadLab and ‘The Ghosts of St Pauls’ project (HLF All Our Stories))
(Arts and Humanities Research Council, Connected Communities Programme, £124,143.55)
- Ways of Knowing: Exploring the different registers, values and subjectivities of collaborative research, University of Leeds (February 2013–February 2014)
PI with Professor Sarah Banks (Durham University), Michelle Bastian (University of Edinburgh), Catherine Durose (University of Birmingham), Katie Hill (Sheffield Hallam University), Tessa Holland (West End Housing Co-op), Ann McNulty (HAREF: Health and Race Equality Forum), Niamh Moore ((University of Manchester), Kate Pahl (University of Sheffield), Steve Pool (artist), Johan Siebers (University of Central Lancashire)
(Arts and Humanities Research Council, Connected Communities Programme, £43,579.31)
- Storystorm Network +, part of the Culture and Communities Network +
CI with Mel Woods (PI), Debbie Maxwell, Edinburgh College of Art (CI) and Daisy Abbott, Glasgow School of Art (CI)
- Approaching Cultural Value as a Complex System: Experiencing the Arts and Articulating the City in Leeds
(September 2013 – May 2014)
CI with Professor Stuart Murray (PI), Ben Walmlsey (CI) and Lorraine Blakemore (CI)
(Arts and Humanities Research Council, Cultural Value Programme, £39,085.83)
- Pararchive: Open Access Community Storytelling and the Digital Archive
(September 2013 – March 2014)
CI with Simon Popple (PI)
(Arts and Humanities Research Council, Connected Communities/Digital Transformations, £477,000)
- Graham, H, 2013, ‘Museums and knowing about access’, New Formations 79 (4): 64–82
- Graham, H, Mason R and Nayling, N, 2013, ‘The Personal is Still Political: Museums, Participation and Copyright’, Museum & Society, 11 (2): 105–120
- Graham, H, 2012, ‘Scaling Governmentality: Museums, co-production and re-calibrations of the "logic of culture"', Cultural Studies, 26(4): 565–592
- Graham, H, 2010, ‘To label the label?: “Learning Disability” and Exhibiting “Critical Proximity”’, in Sandell, R, Dodd, J, Garland-Thomson, R (ed), Re-Presenting Disability: Activism and Agency in the Museum (London: Routledge), pp 115–129
Dr Theano Moussouri
Theano Moussouri is Senior Lecturer in Museum Studies at the Institute of Archaeology. After completing her BA in Preschool Education at the University of Athens, she pursued postgraduate studies at the Museum Studies Department, University of Leicester where she completed her PhD thesis on Family Agendas and Family Learning in Hands-On Museums. She has worked for the Audience Research Unit of the Science Museum in London on a number of large scale exhibition projects including the Wellcome Wing. Between 1999 and 2004 Dr Moussouri was Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Museums and Gallery Education at the Museum Studies Department, University of Leicester where she was involved in developing the Generic Learning Outcomes Framework. In 2004 she founded Audience Focus with the mission to help museums and heritage organisation to facilitate enriching learning experiences for their visitors. She is currently on the Editorial Board of Visitor Studies, Museum & Society, Science Museum Group Journal and Books Editor for Curator: The Museums Journal.
1) The interface between museums and visitors (non-visitors); specifically Dr Moussouri is interested in how people make meaning of their visits to museums, embodied approaches to museum experiences and how these fit in their socio-cultural lives; 2) the development of professional identity and the navigation of museum practice, and management and sharing of knowledge by exhibition developers , including computer-supported collaborative exhibition development, and 3) she has also been active in synthesising evidence to coalesce it into frameworks for policy-makers and practitioners.
Research topics: use of mobile technology in audience research; embodied interaction; visitor meaning-making and perception; visitor and non-visitor motivation research; public engagement with disciplinary content; research-to-practice and knowledge transfer in the museum sector; exhibition development and the development of professional identity among exhibition developers; developing context appropriate and culturally sensitive qualitative research methodologies and Responsible Research and Innovation practices.
Recent research projects:
1. Digital museums: a pilot research project which aims to: 1) explore how families interact with digital exhibits/resources; 2) develop innovative methodologies that can help us study the relationship between family visitors’ motivation to visit a digital exhibit and their interaction, meaning making and learning with digitally mediated exhibits. This project is funded by the IOE/UCL Strategic Partnership Fund.
2. BigPicnic engages a wide range of audiences across the EU with the topic of food security, a topic of major concern for the future and one that will have far reaching impact on personal expenditure, health and lifestyle. This is a Horizon 2020 – ‘Science with and for society’ project funded by EC.
3. Building Bridges research project: This research project examines family experiences of science in relation to the ‘Building Bridges’ project run by the Science Museum, focusing in particular on families from under-represented visitor groups in particular.
Moussouri, T and Hohenstein, J, 2017, Museum Learning (Routledge)
Derewnicka, L, Vergou, A, Moussouri, T and Fernández Rodríguez, A, 2015, Caring for your community: A manual for botanic gardens London (UK: Botanic Gardens Conservation International BGCI)
Moussouri, T and Roussos, G, 2015, ‘Conducting visitor studies using smartphone-based location sensing’, Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage, 8 (3). doi:10.1145/2677083
Moussouri, T and Vomvyla, E, 2015, ‘Discussions about Home and Identity at a Social History Museum’, Archaeology International, 18, 97–112. doi:10.5334/ai.1810
Roussos, G and Moussouri, T, 2015, ‘Human Dynamics, Inference and the Functional Semantics of Space’, in Griffiths, S and von Lünen, A (eds), Spatial Cultures (Ashgate)
Moussouri, T, 2014, ‘From “telling” to “consulting”: a perspective on museums and the modes of public engagement’, in Thomas, S and Lea, J (eds), Public Participation in Archaeology, (Suffolk, UK and Rochester, NY: The Boydell Press), pp 11–22
Moussouri, T and Roussos, G, 2014, ‘Mobile sensing, BYOD and Big Data Analytics: New technologies for audience research in museums’, Participations: journal of audience and reception studies, 11 (1), 270–285
Moussouri, T, 2013, ‘Good Connections: Making Audience Research a Collaborative Process’
Moussouri, T and Roussos, G, 2013, ‘Examining the effect of visitor motivation on visit strategies using mobile computer technologies’, Visitor Studies, 16 (1), 21–38 doi:10.1080/10645578.2013.767732
Moussouri, T, 2012, ‘Knowledge Management for Collaborative Exhibition Development’, Museum Management and Curatorship, 27 (3), 253-272. doi:10.1080/09647775.2012.701996
Professor Elizabeth Pye MA, FSA, FIIC
- Emeritus Professor of Archaeological and Museum Conservation, University College London Institute of Archaeology
Elizabeth Pye is an archaeologist and conservator. After graduating, she started work at the British Museum but spent most of her career at UCL Institute of Archaeology, initially as Liaison Officer in London for the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (now known as ICCROM). She introduced innovations in design and delivery of the conservation curriculum at the Institute and was instrumental in raising the status of the programme from a Diploma to a BSc and subsequently to an MA coupled with an MSc. She has also worked closely with the UK conservation profession to introduce a museum internship as a feature of the training programme, and has encouraged students to develop conservation thinking and practice by undertaking conservation research at PhD level.
She has worked extensively in the field, being involved in archaeological conservation projects in Libya, Italy, Spain, Morocco and (most recently) at the international archaeological project of Çatalhöyük, Turkey, where she led the conservation team from 2003 to 2012. Working with ICCROM from 1987 to 2000, she was closely involved in developing preventive conservation training in sub-Saharan Africa (the PREMA and PMDA programmes).
Her research interests have focused on philosophy and ethics of conservation, the social impact of conservation and access to objects through handling. She is particularly interested in pre-industrial technologies and in the fascination of objects. Amongst other publications, she is author of Caring for the Past: Issues in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums (London: James and James, 2001), and editor of The Power of Touch: Handling Objects in Museum and Heritage Contexts (Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press, 2007).
Although now retired she maintains her links with UCL Institute of Archaeology as editor of its annual journal Archaeology International.
Professor Richard Sandell
- Professor of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
Richard Sandell is Professor in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester where he teaches across the School’s Masters programmes, supervises doctoral students and works with colleagues in the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) on a range of projects. His research, frequently carried out in collaboration with museums, galleries and heritage organisations, explores the potential that museums might play in supporting human rights, social justice and equality.
He has been awarded fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution (2004/2005) and the Humanities Research Center of the Australian National University (2008) to develop projects around these themes.
He has written and edited six books, the most recent of which – Museums, Moralities and Human Rights – was published in the Routledge Museum Meanings series in 2017.
He has recently completed a large collaborative research project with colleagues in RCMG, funded by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England, that interrogates the potential for museums to offer new ways of seeing and understanding disability and to inform contemporary public debates about rights and equality. He is currently leading RCMG’s research collaboration with the National Trust that explores LGBTQ heritage and its contemporary social significance.
Selected publications: books
- Sandell, R, 2017, Museums, Moralities and Human Rights (Routledge: London and New York)
- Sandell, R and Nightingale, E, 2012, Museums, Equality and Social Justice (Routledge: London and New York)
- Sandell, R, Dodd, J and Garland Thomson, R (eds), 2010, Re-Presenting Disability: activism and agency in the museum (Routledge: London and New York)
- Sandell, R, 2007, Museums, Prejudice and the Reframing of Difference (Routledge: London and New York)
- Sandell, R and Janes, R R (eds), 2007, Museum Management and Marketing (Routledge: London and New York)
- Sandell, R (ed), 2002, Museums, Society, Inequality (Routledge: London and New York)
Selected publications: book chapters
- Sandell, R, ‘Museums and the Human Rights Frame’, in Sandell, R and Nightingale, E, 2012, Museums, Equality and Social Justice (Routledge: London and New York)
- Sandell, R, ‘Ethics and Activism’ in Marstine, J (ed), 2011, Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics: Redefining Ethics for the Twenty-First Century Museum (London and New York: Routledge)
- Sandell, R and Dodd, J, ‘Activist practice’ in R. Sandell, R, Dodd, J and Garland Thomson, R (eds), 2010, Re-Presenting Disability: activism and agency in the museum (Routledge: London and New York), pp 3–22
- Dodd, J, Jones, C, Jolly, D and Sandell, R, ‘Disability reframed: challenging visitor perceptions in the museum’, in Sandell, R, Dodd, J and Garland Thomson, R (eds), 2010, Re-Presenting Disability: activism and agency in the museum (Routledge: London and New York), pp 92–112.
Selected publications: papers in journals
- Sandell, R, Delin, A, Dodd, J and Gay, J, 2005, ‘Beggars, freaks and heroes? Museum collections and the hidden history of disability’, Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship, 20(1): 5-19
- Sandell, R, Delin, A, Dodd, J and Gay, J, 2005, ‘In the shadow of the Freakshow: the impact of Freakshow tradition on the display and understanding of disability history in museums’, in Disability Studies Quarterly, vol. 25, no. 4
- Sandell, R, 1998, ‘Museums as agents of social inclusion’, in Museum Management and Curatorship, 17 (4)
Professor Simon Schaffer
- Professor of History of Science, University of Cambridge
Simon Schaffer is Professor of History of Science at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. He edited the British Journal for the History of Science between 2004 and 2009 and was a Trustee of the Science Museum Group between 2007 and 2011. Since 2012 he has been a Fellow of the British Academy.
- The Brokered World: go-between and global intelligence, 1770–1820 (Sagamore Beach: Science History Publications, 2009), co-editor and contributor of ‘The Asiatic enlightenments of British astronomy’, pp 49–104
- The Mindful Hand: inquiry and invention from the late Renaissance to early industrialisation (Amsterdam: KNAW, 2007), co-editor and contributor of ‘The charter’d Thames: naval architecture and experimental spaces in Georgian Britain’, pp 279–305
- The Sciences in enlightened Europe (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1999), co-editor and contributor of 'Enlightened automata', pp 126–165
- The Uses of Experiment: studies in the natural sciences (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), co-editor and contributor of 'Glass works: Newton's prisms and the uses of experiment', pp 67–104
- Leviathan and the air pump: Hobbes, Boyle and the experimental life (with Steven Shapin) (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985)
Dr Geoffrey Belknap (Reviews Editor)
Geoffrey Belknap is the Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology at the National Science and Media Museum. He is a historian of Victorian science, visual culture and periodical history. Having completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2011 he has worked as a researcher and post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University on both the Charles Darwin and John Tyndall Correspondence Projects. He has also held a short-term fellowship at the Yale Center for British Art. His primary area of research has been the production and reproduction of photographic images in various sites of scientific communication. While he was a post-doctoral research assistant on the AHRC funded ‘Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries’ project at Leicester University, he investigated the broader uses of illustrations within Natural History periodicals in the mid- to late-Victorian period. He has published articles in History of Science and the edited volume Photographs, Museums, Collections: Between Art and Information. Geoff’s book From a Photograph: Authenticity, Science and the Periodical Press, 1870–1890 was published by Bloomsbury in 2016.