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Charlotte Connelly, BSc (Hons), MSc

Charlotte Connelly, BSc (Hons), MSc

Museum Curator, The Polar Museum


When a close friend of Charlotte's moved to northern Norway, the opportunity to visit a place off the beaten track was too strong to resist. Several fascinating museum visits later, what proved even harder to resist was learning more about the history of polar exploration and science. A dissertation on Arctic science in the nineteenth century followed, rounding off Charlotte's undergraduate studies nicely.

In the years that followed Charlotte pursued a successful career as a museum curator, working mostly with computing and communication collections at the Science Museum in London. Her time with the Science Museum saw her investigating hidden tunnels under London, collecting mobile phones in Cameroon and watching the Queen send her very first tweet to open the museum's brand new Information Age gallery.

After that grand opening Charlotte returned to academia to undertake studies in the history of electrical science. That research still continues in the background, though the lure of the poles has struck again and drawn Charlotte back into life as Museum Curator at the Polar Museum.


  • 2015 - present, Museum Curator, The Polar Museum
  • 2019 - present, 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


One of the questions Charlotte's doctoral research asks is how recreating the use of historic scientific instruments, such as those held in museum collections, can help historians and museum visitors to gain better insight into scientific ideas and processes. Charlotte is also interested in the role that visitor participation can play in the development of compelling museum displays.



  • 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.