Entries by Martha

Any Minute Now

A ‘lecture list’ of colloquia and conferences at which I am speaking or participating, presenting research in a range of fields of knowledge in which I have expertise.  Publications, conference proceedings and articles are also gathered here, and I’ve included links to offprints, conference sites, host institutions, and, where possible, podcasts of events.   https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4416-1001 […]

Museum Godeffroy, Hamburg: The South Sea in the North Sea

Senior Research Fellow, Understanding Written Artefacts, University of Hamburg  (2019-2020)   The ‘Museum Godeffroy’ of Hamburg was both short-lived (1861-1885) as a public venue and incredibly long-lived in terms of its impact. Its extensive trade with other significant collections worldwide — collections which still retain large numbers of Godeffroy natural history specimens — include the […]

Exhibition Histories in Science and Technology

Exhibition histories matter to historians of science because from the mid-1800s onwards, exhibitions have been created, produced, and experienced in almost all the sites of significance to science, technology, and medicine. This includes spaces such as clinics and labs as well as both international and specialist trade fairs, naval and other military posts, physics workshops, hospitals […]

Politics of Natural History

Natural historical materials, beyond the more obvious case of physical anthropology, have remained until quite recently largely outside of the important discussion and debate around heritage — both tangible and intangible — in relation to human rights and cultural goods across an asymmetric globe.   The deep schism in museological practice and function between museums of material culture — […]

Research Fellow, University of Göttingen (2018)

Deepening and renewing the connections between university research and collections, the University of Göttingen has created a ‘Zentrale Kustodie’  as a development centre for its extraordinarily rich collections, amassed over 250 years. It has a dedicated and highly trained staff under the leadership of Dr Marie Luisa Allemeyer, and work has already begun on the Forum Wissen — a […]

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 Deputy Director of VARI in its initial development phase over the next year: VARI was was launched in […]

Senior Research Associate, Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage

Senior Research Associate, Assembling Alternative Futures for Heritage (2015-2016) AAFH — or ‘Heritage Futures’ — is a flagship four-year research project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council in the ‘Care for the Future’ strategic programme. Four interconnected themes, each led by a separate researcher, will ‘explore the potential for innovation and creative exchange […]

‘Beyond Reception’: Nordic Culture Ministers Meeting, Stockholm

Nordic Culture Forum 2014: Parliament House, Stockholm (30 October 2014) Representing the Ice Hot Nordic Dance Platform, I was invited to speak about innovative evaluation practices at the Stockholm meeting of the Nordic Culture Ministers. My talk made three key points: 1)  We must go beyond the study of audience reception alone in order to understand the […]

Collections-Based Research: University of Reading

Collections-Based Research Programme Director, University of Reading (first cohort 2013-2014) An increasing number of researchers from the humanities and beyond understandably want to work directly with material culture: this new programme is focused on skills training to enable these colleagues to collaborate effectively with museum and archive professionals.  As Programme Director, I have been working […]