The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) is delighted to launch a scheme to support small and local museums, archives, galleries and libraries whose collections connect to themes in the history of science, technology, engineering and medicine. This scheme will fund the placement of Master’s or PhD students with heritage organisations and museums for the equivalent of a month’s work (timescales can be arranged between the partner museum and student) as an Engagement Fellow and contribute £1000 towards the costs of public engagement outputs related to the research undertaken. Examples could include:
- Updating displays and content
- Blog posts
- Museum trails
- Informal learning sheets
- Events for schools, families or adults
As the heritage sector face increasing cuts in funding the BSHS are in a position to fund two placements a year to support the ambitions of museum and archives to deliver engaging histories and stories to their visitors. This scheme would require the museum partner to provide training and mentorship for the appointed student during the placement. The student themselves will develop valuable skills and experiences while producing outputs of high research quality.
The BSHS would like to trial this scheme and welcome proposals for collaboration from museums and heritage organisations based in the UK. If you are interested please complete an expression of interest form, which is available to download here: http://www.bshs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/BSHS-Engagement-Fellowship-Host-Expression-of-Interest.docx. The deadline for receipt of these is Friday 23 September.
If selected your proposal would be circulated to students studying the history of science, technology, engineering and medicine who will then apply to be involved in the project. We welcome any comments or queries you have about this new venture: please direct your correspondence to Dr James Stark (firstname.lastname@example.org).