Last week, we said hello to our new Curator, Charlotte Connelly. Charlotte joined us from just down the road, where she is researching the history of electrical science at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. Before that, she worked as a curator at the Science Museum, including as a content developer for the Information Age gallery that opened last year. Charlotte’s background is in the history and philosophy of science, and she has particular interests in the history of polar science, the use of historic reconstructions for understanding scientific ideas and processes, and visitor participation in museums.
“Excitement, trepidation, a few nerves – the start of any new adventure is always going to come wrapped up in a few emotions. This week I started my new job as curator of the Polar Museum, and those thoughts were sloshing around my mind as I took tour of the museum and considered the even greater expectations and risks that intrepid polar explorers faced as they set out on their long expeditions. Becoming the museum’s curator is far less risky, but certainly comes with its own challenges. I’m looking forward to getting to know the collections, and all the people who care for and about them – from volunteers to visitors, and museum staff to scientific researchers.”