Editorial Board

The Science Museum Group Journal Editorial Board comprises:

The Journal Reviews Editor is:

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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

Professor Justin Dillon (Chair)

  • Professor of science and environmental education, University of Exeter
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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.

Research

His research interests include science teaching and learning in schools, museums, science centres and in the outdoor classroom.

Recent publications

  • 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

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 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)
    (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

  • 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

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Dr Haidy Geismar

Haidy Geismar is Reader in anthropology at University College London, where she also received her PhD. At UCL she directs the Digital Anthropology programme, part of the Material, Visual and Digital Culture research arm of the department, and curates the UCL Ethnography Collections. With extensive research experience in museums in the Pacific, Europe, and North America, and with communities in Vanuatu and New Zealand, Dr Geismar 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, she 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, co-authored with curators in Cambridge and Vanuatu, was awarded the 2012 Collier Prize for Still Photography by the Society for Visual Anthropology. Dr Geismar’s 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 outgoing 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.
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Professor Michelle Henning

Michelle Henning is Chair in Photography and Media, School of the Arts, at the University of Liverpool. She is the author of Photography: The Unfettered Image (2018), Museums, Media and Cultural Theory (2006) and editor of Museum Media (2015). She has also written more than 25 chapters and articles on photography, museums, media, modernism and visual culture. Her background is in fine art and cultural studies, but her research has increasingly focussed on: the role of reproduction and media in museum and exhibitions displays; the history of photography especially in terms of its connections to other media, to industry and to the broader culture; contemporary ideas and uses relating to digital photography and social media.

In 2018–19 she was awarded an AHRC funded fellowship to research the archives of the British photographic company Ilford Limited, resulting in two journal articles and an ongoing book project. Previous grants have funded research into taxidermy in museums and the work of the Viennese polymath, social scientist and museum innovator Otto Neurath. She also sits on the editorial board of photographies journal and has been involved in collaborative and advisory work with various UK institutions including Bristol Museums and Archives, Arnolfini and Tate Liverpool.

Selected publications

  • Henning, M, 2021, ‘Feeling Photos: Photography, Picture Language and Mood Capture’ in Dvorak, T, and Parikka, J (eds), Photography Off the Scale (Edinburgh:  Edinburgh University Press)
  • Henning, M, 2020, ‘The Worlding of Light and Air: Dufaycolor and Selochrome in the 1930s’, Visual Culture in Britain, 21(2), pp. 177–198
  • Henning, M, 2018, Photography: the Unfettered Image (London: Routledge)
  • Henning, M, 2017, ‘The Floating Face: Garbo, photography and death masks’ in photographies, 10 (2), pp. 157–178
  • Henning, M, 2015, Museum Media, Vol. 3 of The International Handbooks of Museum Studies (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell)
  • Henning, M, 2015, ‘With and Without Walls: Photographic Reproduction and the Art Museum’, in Michelle Henning (ed.) Museum Media (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell), pp. 577–602
  • Henning, M, and Hyder, R, 2014, ‘Locating the ‘Bristol Sound’: Archiving Ausic as Everyday Life’ in Cohen, S, Knifton, R, Leonard M, and Roberts, L, (eds), Sites Of Popular Music Heritage: Memories, Histories, Places (London: Routledge) pp. 97–111
  • Henning, M, 2011, ‘Neurath’s Whale’, in Alberti, S (ed.) The Afterlives of Animals: A Museum Menagerie (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press) pp. 152–168
  • Henning, M, 2011, ‘Living Life in Pictures: Isotype as Modernist Cultural Practice’, New Formations 70, pp. 41–59
  • Henning, M, 2007, ‘Legibility and Affect: Museums as New Media’, in Macdonald, S and Basu, P (eds) Exhibition Experiments (Oxford: Blackwell) pp. 25–46
  • Henning, M, 2007, ‘New Lamps for Old: Photography, Obsolescence and Social Change’, in Acland, C (ed) Residual Media (Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press) pp. 48–65
  • Henning, M, 2007, ‘Anthropomorphic Taxidermy and the Death of Nature: the Curious Art of Hermann Ploucquet, Walter Potter and Charles Waterton’, Victorian Literature and Culture 35, pp. 663–678
  • Henning, M, 2006, Museums, Media and Cultural Theory (Maidenhead; Open University Press)
  • Henning, M, 2006, ‘New media’, in Macdonald, S (ed.), A Companion to Museum Studies (Oxford: Blackwell), pp. 302–318

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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.

Research interests:
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. 

Recent publications

  • 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

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Professor Ross Parry

Ross Parry is Deputy Head of School and Professor of Museum Technology in the School of Museum Studies, at the University of Leicester (UK). He leads the international research consortium ('One by One'), is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Board member for Attenborough Arts, and Trustee of the Jodi Mattes Trust.

My teaching attempts to historicise and theorise the development and implementation of digital technology in the museum and culture sector. I teach across the School's programmes, particularly in the areas of:

  • digital transformation and change
  • accessible/universal digital design
  • digital activism
  • web and social media
  • information management
  • in-gallery interactivity
  • models, replicas and simulations

I am currently Deputy Head of the School of Museum Studies. Prior to this I was:

  • (2016-2019) Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Digital)
  • (2018) appointed Professor of Museum Technology
  • (2015-2016) Academic Director, College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
  • (2014-2016) Institutional lead on the 'Pathways' project, implementing a new flexible undergraduate offer
  • (2014-2016) Institutional lead on the university's development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • (2013-2015) Academic Director, College of Arts, Humanities and Law
  • (2010-2013) Academic Director, School of Museum Studies
  • (2008) appointed Senior Lecturer, School of Museum Studies
  • (1998) appointed Lecturer, Department of Museum Studies

Honorary positions and fellowship have included:

  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) (awarded 2018)
  • Visiting Professor, Roskilde University and University of Southern Denmark (2012)
  • Tate Research Fellow (2009)
  • HEROBC / HIRF Innovations Fellow (2005)

I have had several Advisory Board roles:

  • (2019 to present) member of the 'AHRC/UKRI Towards a National Collection: Opening UK Heritage to the World' Steering Committee.
  • (2019 to present) Advisory Board, Attenborough Arts.
  • (2017 to 2021) member of the International Scientific Advisory Board for the Danish research and development programme 'Our Museum', funded by Nordea-Fonden and Velux Fonden.
  • (2018 to 2019) member of the national JISC Horizons Group
  • (2011-2015) member of the International Scientific Advisory Board for the research project ‘Learning 2.0’ managed by DREAM (the Danish Research Centre on Education and Advanced Media Materials) at the University of Southern Denmark
  • (2012-2014) member of the national JISC Content Advisory Group

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Professor Simon Schaffer

Professor Simon Schaffer

  • Professor of History of Science, University of Cambridge
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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

  • 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)

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Dr Katherine Curran

Lecturer

UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Website

Biography

Katherine has worked as a Lecturer in Sustainable Heritage at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage since 2013. She is Assistant Course Director for the MSc in Sustainable Heritage and the Principal Investigator for the ERC Starting Grant funded project "COMPLEX: The Degradation of Complex Modern Polymeric Objects in Heritage Collections: A System Dynamics Approach" which will develop new approaches to understanding and modelling the degradation of modern polymeric materials in collections.

Katherine joined the Institute for Sustainable Heritage as a Research Associate in November 2011, to work on the AHRC/EPSRC Science & Heritage Programme project "Heritage Smells" (see Research Summary).

From 2010-2011, Katherine received a Fulbright Scholarship from the Fulbright Commission in Ireland and worked with Prof. Jeffrey Moore at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign on the synthesis of macrocyclic compounds via alkyne metathesis.

Katherine obtained her PhD in polymer chemistry ("Pd(II)- and Zr(IV)-catalysed Olefin Addition Polymerisation of Cyclobutene-based Monomers") in 2009 from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland and her BSc (Chemistry) in 2004, also from UCD.

Research interests

Katherine's research interests include the conservation of modern cultural heritage materials, polymer chemistry and degradation, and the analysis of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from historic objects.

Katherine supervises several PhD researchers including those focussed on the degradation of plastics in heritage collections. Their research includes a study of the spectral dependence of photodegradation of plastic artefacts, the use of volatile organic compound (VOC) analysis as a tool to understand material degradation and the dynamics of plasticiser loss.

Katherine's work employs analytical techniques such as SPME-GC/MS, the use of portable mass spectrometry, and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and Near-Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy.

Katherine previously worked on the AHRC/EPSRC Science & Heritage Programme project "Heritage Smells". The goal of this project was to characterise the VOC signatures (the "smells") of historic artefacts in order to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between VOC signatures and the condition, stability or potential hazards of artefacts. This work enabled heritage practitioners to make well-informed decisions regarding the conservation and storage of "smelly" artefacts and to reduce the impact of harmful VOC emissions on museum staff and visitors.

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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.