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Charlotte Connelly, BSc (Hons), MSc

Charlotte Connelly, BSc (Hons), MSc

Institute Associate



  • 2023 - present, Institute Associate
  • 2015 - 2022, Museum Curator, The Polar Museum
  • 2019 - 2022, Chair, University of Cambridge Museums Steering Group
  • 2018 - 2019, Deputy Chair, University of Cambridge Museums Steering Group
  • 2018 - 2019, Trustee, Museum of Cambridge
  • 2012 - 2014, Content Developer for Information Age, the Science Museum
  • 2010 - 2012, Assistant Curator of Computing and Communication, the Science Museum


  • 2010 MSc Museum Studies
  • 2008 BSc History and Philosophy of Science

Awards and Affiliations


My research interests include understanding museum visitors' attitudes to environmental change, how the development of museum collections has influenced cultural attitudes and introduced or cemented particular biases in scientific practice, and how recreating the use of historic scientific instruments can help historians and museum visitors gain better insight into scientific ideas and processes. I am also interested in participatory practice in the development of exhibitions and displays.

Current projects


I'm on the supervision team for two doctoral projects, providing technical museum collections support as well as expertise relating to material culture studies and the history of science.



  • Connelly, C.E. and Warrior, C., 2018. Survey stories in the history of British polar exploration: museums, objects and people. Notes and Records: the Royal Society journal of the history of science, doi:10.1098/rsnr.2018.0038.
  • Kavanagh, J., McSweeney, K., Naula, D. and Connelly, C., 2014. Journey into participation: a viewpoint from the Science Museum, London. Participation Now.

Book chapters

  • Connelly, C.E., 2018. Climate Hack: Rapid Prototyping New Displays in Multi-disciplinary Museums, in Filho, W.L., Lackner, B. and McGhie, H. (eds.) Addressing the Challenges in Communicating Climate Change Across Various Audiences, Springer. p.517-530. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-98294-6_31.
  • Connelly, C.E., 2014. The Cell; The Broadcast, in Blyth, T. (ed.) Information Age Six Networks That Changed Our World, Scala Arts Publishers Incorporated.