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Dr Charlotte Connelly, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Dr Charlotte Connelly, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Institute Associate



  • 2023 - present, Institute Associate, Scott Polar Research Institute
  • 2023 - present, Head Curator, National Science and Media Museum
  • 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


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.

Completed projects


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



Book chapters

  • Connelly, C.E. and Change H. 2019. Galvanometers and the many lives of scientific instruments in Nall, J., Taub, L., & Willmoth, F. (eds). The Whipple Museum of the History of Science. Cambridge University Press.
  • Connelly, C.E. 2019. A Tour of the Northwest Passage in Renata Tyszczuk, Joe Smith and Robert Butler (eds) Culture and Climate Change: Scenarios. Shed, Cambridge.
  • 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.