Research centres and academies, whether inside universities or other institutions, are often places where divergent disciplines meet to tackle new questions from unique perspectives. This can produce crucial new interdisciplinary methodologies as well as new knowledge. My work with such centres ranges from strategic development activities to individual and collaborative research in a variety of fields from history of physics to early modern taxonomics. I have participated in fundraising and corporate planning for major institutions such as the Royal Society and the Natural History Museum, London, and I have governance experience of educational trusts, editorial boards and artist-run centres.

Research Centres + Academies

Deputy Director: V&A Research Institute

 VARI — the Victoria and Albert Museum Research Institute is a new programme of research and teaching partnerships to enhance access to the V&A’s collections and develop new approaches to research, training, display and interpretation. I have been appointed
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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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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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Materials Library

Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Materials Library, School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, King’s College London (2007 to 2010)   Dedicated to exploring the structure of materials and their relation to form and phenomenology, the Materials Library is a
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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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