I am particularly interested in visual cultures of science — from early Islamic ophthalmology to contemporary astrophysics — and in the history of scientific collecting — from early modern wunderkammern to present day datasets. History of science, like science itself, spans a vast field of material culture, international collaborations and complex processes: it takes place in exhibitions, museums and laboratories as well as in publications and archives. Methodologies developed in history and philosophy of science are vital keys to understanding many areas of human endeavour and intellectual development; highly productive ways to get from epistemology to aesthetics and back.

History of Science Technology + Medicine

Artists Work in the (Science) Museum

‘Science Lesson,’ Artists work in the museum: histories, interventions and subjectivity, Victoria and Albert Museum (October 2012) “Artists, curators, historians and museum professionals explore the history of artists as museum professionals, museum and archive as the content of
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Looking and Healing: Artists and their Doctors

Looking and Healing: Artists and their Doctors, Lecture Seminar, Centre for Humanities and Health, King’s College London (May 2012)   Artists and doctors share highly developed observational skills and a fundamental love for humankind.  This lecture explores some
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Navigating Interdisciplinarity

Navigating Interdisciplinarity, Wellcome Trust 75 Event, University of Dundee Life Sciences and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (2011)   The extraordinary potential of interdisciplinary practice often meets bureaucratic obstacles. Enumerating them — and working strategically to eliminate
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Consultant: Reconstructing Sloane

Project Development and Resourcing, Reconstructing Sloane (2011 – present)   The vast Enlightenment-era collections amassed by Sir Hans Sloane are the foundation-stone of the British Museum, British Library and Natural History Museum. A major interdisciplinary digital humanities research
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Science Voices, Museum Lives

Co-organiser, Science Voices: Scientists Speak About Science and Themselves, Royal Society, London (May 2011)   This conference explored the creation and use of historic recordings, bringing science and scientists to skilled historians and the general public through their
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Natural History Museum: CAHR

Vice-Chancellor’s Investment Fund Secondment, Centre for Arts and Humanities Research, Natural History Museum (London):  Kingston University  (2009 to 2011)   This key two-year post was central to a small dynamic team developing an arts and humanities research hub
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Split + Splice

Split + Splice: Fragments from the Age of Biomedicine, Exhibition Creative Director, Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen (2008 to 2009)   Creation and production of this Dibner Award winning show about contemporary biomedicine; leading a team of four
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Thinking Through Objects

Thinking Through Objects, presentation at The Exhibition as a Product and Generator of Knowledge, Deutsches Museum, Munich (2008)   This conference explored the contribution exhibitions make to research culture and research methodology, particularly in relation to history of
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Visiting Professor, Faculty of Health, Copenhagen

Visiting Associate Professor, Faculty of Health, University of Copenhagen: Medical Museion (2006 – 2007)   Working as part of the research team ‘Biomedicine on Display,’ I helped to develop the Art and Biomedicine research stream at the Medical
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