Editorial Board

The Science Museum Group Journal Editorial Board comprises:

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Dr Sam Alberti

Dr 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 focussed on the history of collections, in particular the trajectories and meanings of scientific, medical and natural objects in Britain since 1800.

Ten selected publications:

  • 2016. The History of Medical Museums in Edinburgh. Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (forthcoming).
  • 2015. The ‘Regiment of Skeletons’: A First World War Medical Collection. Social History of Medicine 28: 108–133.
  • (ed.) 2014. War, Art and Surgery: The Work of Henry Tonks and Julia Midgley. London: Royal College of Surgeons.
  • With E Hallam. (eds.) 2013. Medical Museums: Past Present Future. London: Royal College of Surgeons.
  • 2011. Morbid Curiosities: Medical Museums in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • (ed.) 2011. The Afterlives of Animals: A Museum Menagerie. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.
  • With Lynch, B.T. Alberti. 2010. Legacies of Prejudice: Racism, Co-production and Radical Trust in the Museum. Museum Management and Curatorship 25: 13–35.
  • 2009. Nature and Culture: Objects, Disciplines and the Manchester Museum. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • 2005. Objects and the Museum. Isis 96: 559–571.
  • 2003. Conversaziones and the Experience of Science in Victorian England. Journal of Victorian Culture 8: 208–230.

Professor Justin Dillon

Professor Justin Dillon

  • Professor of science and environmental education and Head of the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol
  • Website

I am Professor of Science and Environmental Education and Head of the Science and Technology Education Group. I taught in London schools for 9 years before joining King’s in 1989. I am one of the co-ordinators of the ESRC's Targeted Initiative on Science and Mathematics Education (TISME) and a member of the ASPIRES project. I was President of the European Science Education Research Association from 2007-2011 and I co-edit the International Journal of Science Education. I am a trustee of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, Secretary of Bankside Open Spaces Trust and incoming Chair of the London Wildlife Trust.


My research interests include science teaching and learning in schools, museums, science centres and in the outdoor classroom. I am one of the leaders of the DEPS research group CRESTEM.

Recent publications

  • Exploring Research Themes in Public Engagement Within a Natural History Museum: A Modified Delphi Approach, Seakins, A. & Dillon, J. 1-Mar-2013 In : International Journal of Science Education, Part B. 3, 1, p. 52-76
  • "Balancing acts": Elementary school girls' negotiations of femininity, achievement, and science, Archer, L., Dewitt, J., Osborne, J., Dillon, J., Willis, B. & Wong, B. Nov-2012 In : Science Education. 96, 6, p. 967-989, 23 p.
  • Science Aspirations, Capital, and Family Habitus: How Families Shape Children's Engagement and Identification With Science, Archer, L., DeWitt, J., Osborne, J., Dillon, J., Willis, B. & Wong, B. Oct-2012 In : American Educational Research Journal. 49, 5, p. 881-908, 28 p.
  • Science, society and sustainability: education and empowerment for an uncertain world, Dillon, J. 2012 In : Environmental Education Research. 18, 5, p. 727-731, 5 p.

Other selected publications

  • Science education in Europe: Critical reflections, J Osborne, J Dillon, London: Nuffield Foundation 375  2008
  • A review of research on outdoor learning, M Rickinson, FS Council, National Foundation for Educational Research in England and Wales, King's College London, Field Studies Council 246  2004
  • Reconceptualizing the teaching of controversial issues, C Oulton, J Dillon, MM Grace, International Journal of Science Education 26 (4), 411-423 144  2004
  • The value of outdoor learning: evidence from research in the UK and elsewhere, J Dillon, M Rickinson, K Teamey, M Morris, MY Choi, D Sanders, P Benefield, School Science Review 87 (320), 107 119  2006
  • Controversial issues-teachers' attitudes and practices in the context of citizenship education, C Oulton, V Day, J Dillon, M Grace, Oxford Review of Education 30 (4), 489-507

Prefessor Elizabeth Edwards

Professor Elizabeth Edwards

  • Research Professor in Photographic History and Director of Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University
  • Website

A visual and historical anthropologist, Professor 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.

Selected publications

  • Edwards, E. (2013) Absent Histories and Absent Images: Photographs, Museums and the Colonial Past.  With Matt Mead.  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] (no date) 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 (2009) Photography, Anthropology and History (edited, with C. Morton, joint Aldershot: Ashgate
  • Edwards, E, (2009) Unblushing Realism and the threat of the pictorial. History of Photography 33(1): 3-17.
  • Edwards, E. (2009) Evolving Images: Photography, Race and Popular Darwinism. In D. Donald and J.Munro (editors) 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.

Dr Helen Graham

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
  • Website

Helen’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. Helen 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 Commuities 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)
    (EPSRC, £15,036)
  • 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)

Selected publications

  • (2013) ‘Museums and knowing about access’, New Formations 79 (4): 64-82.
  • (2013) with Rhiannon Mason and Nigel Nayling, ‘The Personal is Still Political: Museums, Participation and Copyright’, Museum & Society, 11 (2): 105-120
  • (2012) ‘Scaling Governmentality: Museums, co-production and re-calibrations of the "logic of culture"', Cultural Studies, 26(4): 565-592.
  • (2010) ‘To label the label?: “Learning Disability” and Exhibiting “Critical Proximity” In Richard Sandell, Jocelyn Dodd, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, (ed.) Re-Presenting Disability: Activism and Agency in the Museum. London: Routledge: 115-129

Professor Bruce Lewenstein

Professor Bruce Lewenstein

  • Professor of Science Communication, Cornell University
  • Website

Dr. Bruce V. Lewenstein is a widely-known authority on public communication of science and technology–how science and technology are reported to the public and how the public understands controversial scientific issues and "emerging technologies" such as biotechnology and nanotechnology. Trained as a historian of science, he often uses historical case studies in his research. He has also done extensive work evaluating "citizen science" outreach projects, in which citizens fully participate in the scientific process by gathering, entering, and sometimes analyzing scientific data. In general, he tries to document the ways that public communication of science is fundamental to the process of producing reliable knowledge about the natural world.

Professor Lewenstein's work has two areas of impact: (1) education for practitioners of public communication of science and technology and (2) shaping of policy research on public knowledge and attitudes towards science and technology. His audiences range from local groups seeking to improve their communication, to national associations, to international settings where students and practitioners gather. Both the education and the policy work are tools of leverage, which ultimately contribute to better public understanding of science and technology.

Selected publications

  • Lewenstein, B. V. (1992). The Meaning of 'Public Understanding of Science' in the United States After World War II. Public Understanding of Science, 1(1), 45-68.
  • Lewenstein, B. V. (Ed.). (1992). When Science Meets the Public. Washington, D.C.: American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • Lewenstein, B. V. (1995). From Fax to Facts: Communication in the Cold Fusion Saga. Social Studies of Science, 25(3), 403-436.
  • Kohlstedt, S. G., Sokal, M., & Lewenstein, B. V. (1999). The Establishment of Science in America: 150 Years of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.
  • Lewenstein, B. V., & Allison-Bunnell, S. W. (2000). Creating knowledge in science museums: Serving both public and scientific communities. In B. Schiele & E. H. Koster (Eds.), Science Centers for This Century (pp. 187-208). St. Foy, Quebec: Editions Multimondes.
  • Lewenstein, B. V. (2001). Science and Media. In N. J. Smelser & P. B. Baltes (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (pp. 13654-13657). Oxford: Pergamon.
  • Nisbet, M. C., & Lewenstein, B. V. (2002). Biotechnology and the American media - The policy process and the elite press, 1970 to 1999. Science Communication, 23(4), 359-391.
  • Chittenden, D., Farmelo, G., & Lewenstein, B. V. (Eds.). (2004). Creating Connections: Museums and the Public Understanding of Current Research. Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press.
  • Brossard, D., Lewenstein, B. V., & Bonney, R. (2005). Scientific Knowledge and Attitude Change: The Impact of a Citizen Science Project. International Journal of Science Education, 27(9), 1099-1121.
  • Scheufele, D. A., & Lewenstein, B. V. (2005). The public and nanotechnology: How citizens make sense of emerging technologies. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 7(6), 659-667.
  • Lewenstein, B. V. (2005). What counts as a "social and ethical issue" in nanotechnology? Hyle: International Journal for the Philosophy of Chemistry, 11(1), 5-18.
  • Warren, D. R., Weiss, M. S., Wolfe, D. W., Friedlander, B., & Lewenstein, B. (2007). Lessons from Science Communication Training (letter). Science, 316, 1122.
  • Davis, P. M., Lewenstein, B. V., Simon, D. H., Booth, J. G., & Connolly, M. J. L. (2008). Open Access publishing increases online readership of scientific articles but does not increase article citations: A randomised trial. BMJ, 337(published online 31 July 2008, doi:10.1136/bmj.a568), 343-345.
  • Bell, P., Lewenstein, B. V., Shouse, A., & Feder, M. (Eds.). (2009). Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.
  • McCallie, E., Bell, L., Lohwater, T., Falk, J., Lehr, J. H., Lewenstein, B. V., Needham, C., & Wiehe, B. (2009). Many Experts, Many Audiences: Public Engagement with Science and Informal Science Education. Washington, DC: Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education.
  • Brossard, D., & Lewenstein, B. V. (2009). A Critical Appraisal of Models of Public Understanding of Science: Using Practice to Inform Theory. In L. Kahlor (Ed.), New Agendas in Science Communication (pp. 11-39). Mahwah, NJ: Laurence Erlbaum Publishers.
  • Lewenstein, B. V. (2009). Science Books Since 1945. In D. P. Nord, J. S. Rubin & M. Schudson (Eds.), The Enduring Book: Print Culture in Postwar America (pp. 347-360). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
  • Shouse, A., Lewenstein, B. V., Bell, P., & Feder, M. (2010). Crafting museum experiences in light of research on learning: Implications of the National Research Council’s report on informal science education. Curator,53(2), 137-154.
  • Laslo, E., Baram-Tsabari, A., & Lewenstein, B. V. (2011). A growth medium for the message: Online science journalism affordances for exploring public discourse of science and ethics. Journalism,12(7), 847-870. doi:10.1177/1464884911412709
  • Lewenstein, B. V. (2011). Experimenting with Engagement. Commentary on “Taking Our Own Medicine: On an Experiment in Science Communication.” Science and Engineering Ethics, 17(4), 817-821.doi:10.1007/s11948-011-9328-5
  • Chambliss, E. Lauren, & Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2012). Establishing a climate change information source addressing local aspects of a global issue: A case study in New York State. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 12(3), online only at “Public Engagement in Science,” (initiated wiki, April 2012)
  • Baram-Tsabari, Ayelet, & Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2013). Assessing scientists' written skills in public communication of science. Science Communication, 35(1), 56-85, doi: 10.1177/1075547012440634.
  • Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2013, in press). What Visitors to Science Museums Can Learn About the Relation of Science and Technology. In Robert Bud & Laila Zwisler (Eds.), Relationships Between Science and Technology as Presented in Exhibits. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.
  • Fahy, Declan, & Lewenstein, Bruce V. (2014 (in press)). Scientists in popular culture. In Massimiano Bucchi & Brian Trench (Eds.), Handbook of Public Communication of Science and

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Doctor Haidy Geismar

Haidy Geismar is Reader in anthropology at University College London, where she directs the Digital Anthropology program, part of the Material, Visual and Digital Culture research arm of the department and curates the UCL Ethnography Collections. She received her Ph.D. from University College London. With extensive research experience in museums in the Pacific, Europe, and North America, and with communities in Vanuatu and New Zealand, she has published widely on the museum history of anthropology and photography, material culture studies, intellectual and cultural property rights, indigenous arts movements, and digital museum initiatives. As well as teaching, research, and publishing, Dr Geismar has curated several international exhibitions, most recently the Guantanamo Public Memory Project exhibition in London and the exhibition Port Vila Mi Lavem Yu in Honolulu and New York. Her book, Moving Images: John Layard, Fieldwork and Photography on Malakula since 1914, coauthored with curators in Cambridge and Vanuatu, was awarded the 2012 Collier Prize for Still Photography by the Society for Visual Anthropology. Her most recent book, Treasured Possessions: Indigenous Interventions into Cultural and Intellectual Property (Duke, 2013), compares indigenous appropriations of intellectual and cultural property in museum and art worlds in Vanuatu and New Zealand. She is the founder and editor of the popular anthropology weblog, www.materialworldblog.com, and outdoing co-editor of the Journal of Material Culture. She is currently working on a book manuscript exploring the contemporary production of knowledge through digital technologies in museums.

Professor Jonathan Osborne

Professor Jonathan Osborne

  • Professor, Stanford University
  • Website

My research focus is a mix of work on policy and pedagogy in the teaching and learning of science. In the policy domain, I am interested in exploring students' attitudes to science and how school science can be made more worthwhile and engaging - particularly for those who will not continue with the study of science. In pedagogy, my focus has been on making the case for the role of argumentation in science education both as a means of improving the use of a more dialogic approach to teaching science and improving student understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry. I have led one major project on 'Enhancing the Quality of Argument in School Science Education'. From this we developed the IDEAS (Ideas, Evidence and Argument in Science Education) materials to support teacher professional learning. Nevertheless, much science, if not more, is learned outside the classroom and how young people learn in that environment and what it has to offer formal education is another focus of my work and I was one of the partners in the NSF funded Centre for Informal Learning and Schools (2002-7).

Recent publications

  • Osborne, J. F., Simon, S., & Collins, S. (2003). Attitudes towards Science: A Review of the Literature and its Implications. International Journal of Science Education, 25(9), 1049–1079.
  • Osborne, J. F., Ratcliffe, M., Collins, S., Millar, R., & Duschl, R. (2003). What 'ideas-about-science' should be taught in school science? A Delphi Study of the 'Expert' Community. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 40(7), 692-720.
  • Osborne, J. F., Erduran, S., & Simon, S. (2004). Enhancing the Quality of Argument in School Science. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 41(10), 994-1020.
  • DeWitt, J. & Osborne, J. F. (2007) Supporting Teachers on Science-focussed School Trips: Towards an integrated framework of theory and practice. International Journal of Science Education, 29, 6, 685-710.
  • Osborne, J.F & Dillon, J. (2008) Science Education in Europe. Nuffield Foundation: London.
  • Chin, C., & Osborne, J. (2008). Students' questions: a potential resource for teaching and learning science. Studies in Science Education, 44(1), 1 - 39.

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 Richard Sandell

  • Professor of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
  • Website

As Professor of Museum Studies I teach across the School’s Masters programmes, supervise PhD students, work on a variety of research projects with RCMG, carry out my own research and work closely with museums and galleries in the UK and internationally to develop research, teaching and professional development initiatives. My research, frequently carried out in collaboration with museums, focuses on the potential for museums to support social justice and equality. I am investigating the social agency of museums and, in particular, their potential to tackle prejudice and engage audiences in debates pertaining to contemporary human rights. Current projects are exploring museums’ increasing engagement with sexuality, gender identity and LGBTQ history and culture and developing new, progressive narratives of disability within museums.

With colleagues within and beyond the School I am also working on initiatives to support current students, recent graduates and alumni in developing their careers and fostering innovative practice within the sector. In 2013 I was elected to the Board of the Museums Association. I joined the School as a lecturer in 1997, having worked in a range of museums, arts and heritage organisations and became Deputy Head in 2002. I was Head of Museum Studies from 2007 – January 2013. In 2004 I was awarded a Fellowship in Museum Practice from the Smithsonian Institution and spent a total for 4 months in the States undertaking research into the role of museums in countering prejudice. This research was later published in book form as Museums, Prejudice and the Reframing of Difference, by Routledge in 2007. In April 2008 I took up a Research Fellowship at the Humanities Research Center of the Australian National University to begin a new research project – ‘Museums, Moralities and Human Rights’. I am currently developing this research that examines the role that museums play in promoting and engendering support for human rights and explores how the can navigate the moral and ethical challenges bound up with this socially purposeful work.

In 2009 I completed a major project with Jocelyn Dodd, Director of RCMG, exploring representations of disability and disabled people in museums culminating in a number of publications including Sandell, R., Dodd, J. and Garland Thomson, R. Re-Presenting Disability: activism and agency in the museum. I have published five books; the most recent (2012) (with Eithne Nightingale) is entitled Museums, Equality and Social Justice.

I have worked closely with the Museums Association since 1998 on strategic initiatives designed to enhance diversity within the museum sector workforce. I subsequently acted as an advisor to the American Association of Museums’ taskforce on Museums and Diversity. In 2013 I was delighted to be elected to the Museums Association's Board of Trustees. I have co-managed a number of research projects with RCMG including work for the Arts Council of England; the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; the Group for Large Local Authority Museums; National Museums and Galleries of Wales; MLA: the museums, libraries and archives council and the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), part of Culture and Sport Glasgow. I served as a member of the AHRC’s Peer Review College from 2005-13. I am currently a member of the editorial boards of the international, peer-reviewed journals Museum Management and Curatorship, museum & society; Museums and Social Issues: a journal of reflective discourse and the newly launched journal of the Science Museum Group. In 2006 I was elected a Fellow of the RSA. In 2010 I took up the position as series editor for Museum Meanings, published by Routledge.

Selected publications: books

  • 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 and Janes, R. R. (eds) (2007) Museum Management and Marketing, Routledge: London and New York.
  • Sandell, R. (2007) Museums, Prejudice and the Reframing of Difference, 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 R. Sandell. and E. Nightingale. (2012) Museums, Equality and Social Justice, Routledge: London and New York.
  • Sandell, R. and Dodd, J. ‘Activist practice’ in R. Sandell, J. Dodd and R. Garland Thomson, R. (eds) (2010) Re-Presenting Disability: activism and agency in the museum, Routledge: London and New York: 3-22.
  • Dodd, J., Jones, C., Jolly, D. and Sandell, R. ‘Disability reframed: challenging visitor perceptions in the museum’ in R. Sandell, J. Dodd and R. Garland Thomson, R. (eds) (2010) Re-Presenting Disability: activism and agency in the museum, Routledge: London and New York: 92-112.
  • 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 Frost, S. ‘A persistent prejudice’ in Cameron, F and Kelly, L (eds) (2010) Hot Topics, Public Culture, Museums (Cambridge Scholars).
  • Janes, R.R. and Sandell, R. (2007) 'Complexity and Creativity in Contemporary Museum Management' in Sandell, R and Janes, R. R. (eds) (2007) Museum Management and Marketing, Routledge: London and New York.
  • Sandell, R. (2005) ‘Constructing and communicating equality: the social agency of museum space’ in MacLeod, S. (ed.) Reshaping Museum Space: architecture, design, exhibitions, Routledge: London.
  • Sandell, R. 2002. ‘Museums and the combating of social inequality: roles, responsibilities, resistance’, in Sandell, R. (ed.) Museums, Society, Inequality, Routledge, London.

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).
  • Sandell, R., 2000. ‘The strategic significance of workforce diversity in museums’ in International Journal of Heritage Studies, 6(3), 213-230.
  • Sandell, R., 2003. ‘Social inclusion, the museum and the dynamics of sectoral change’ in museum & society, 191): 45-62.

Selected publications: research reports and professional publications

  • Dodd, J., Sandell, R., Jolly, D. and Jones, C (2008) Rethinking Disability Representation in Museums and Galleries, RCMG. (Heritage Lottery Fund and National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).
  • Sandell, R. and Dodd, J. 2001. Including Museums: Perspectives on Museums, Galleries and Social Inclusion, Research Centre for Museums and Galleries, 2001.
  • Sandell, R. and Dodd, J. 1998. Building Bridges: Guidance for Museums and Galleries on Developing New Audiences, Museums and Galleries Commission, London.

Professor Simon Schaffer

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.

Selected Publications

  • Leviathan and the air pump: Hobbes, Boyle and the experimental life (with Steven Shapin) (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985)
  • The Uses of Experiment: studies in the natural sciences (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), coeditor and contributor of 'Glass works: Newton's prisms and the uses of experiment', 67-104
  • The Sciences in enlightened Europe (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1999), coeditor and contributor of 'Enlightened automata', 126-65
  • The Mindful Hand: inquiry and invention from the late Renaissance to early industrialisation (Amsterdam: KNAW, 2007), coeditor and contributor of ‘The charter’d Thames: naval architecture and experimental spaces in Georgian Britain’, 279-305
  • The Brokered World: go-between and global intelligence, 1770-1820 (Sagamore Beach: Science History Publications, 2009), co-editor and contriobuotr of ‘The Asiatic enlightenments of British astronomy’, 49-104

Professor Helmuth Trischler

Professor Helmuth Trischler

  • Head of Research, Deutsches Museum, Munich
  • Professor of Modern History and the History of Technology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich
  • Director, Rachel Carson Center
  • Website

Prof. Trischler’s main research interests are knowledge societies and innovation cultures in international comparison; science, technology and European integration; transport history; and environmental history. Helmuth Trischler is the author of twenty-eight books and edited volumes, approximately one hundred articles, and the co-editor of a number of book series, including Umwelt und Geschichte (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen) and The Environment in History: International Perspectives (Berghahn Books, Oxford and New York).

Selected publications

  • Weimar Culture and Quantum Mechanics. London: Imperial College Press, 2011 (Ed. with Cathryn Carson and Alexei Kojevnikov ).
  • Physics and Politics. Research and Research Support in Twentieth Century Germany in International Perspective. Stuttgart: Steiner, 2010 (Ed. with Mark Walker)
  • "'Made in Germany:' Die Bundesrepublik als Wissensgesellschaft und Innovationssystem." Modell Deutschland. Erfolgsgeschichte oder Illusion?, edited by Thomas Hertfelder and Andreas Rödder. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2007, 44-60.
  • Ein Jahrhundert im Flug. Luft- und Raumfahrtforschung in Deutschland 1907 bis 2007. Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus, 2007 (Ed. with Kai-Uwe Schrogl)
  • Wiring Prometheus. Globalisation, History and Technology. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2004. (Ed. with Peter Lyth)