Climate histories: British Society for Science History Engagement Fellowship

Application deadline extended to January 15th, 2018!


The Polar Museum at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of

Cambridge, is delighted to be hosting a BSHS Engagement Fellowship for

a postgraduate student in the first half of 2018. The Engagement

Fellow will deliver a project to share stories of climate change and

its impacts.


Supported by the British Society for the History of Science, this post

supports our aim of ensuring we don’t just deliver messages about

climate change through contemporary science communication, but instead

through a range of types of interpretation including arts and

humanities based research.


We would like to suggest two options for the successful candidate,

however we are open to other climate history proposals:


  1. Research and produce a short film and supporting resources for

our education offer. The Engagement Fellow would be trained and

supported to produce a brief, identify film makers, research content

and contributors, and liaise with collections staff about the

inclusion of objects. This film would complement our existing set of

films and education resources:


  1. Suggest and implement an update to one of our permanent displays

that introduces the history of climate change. This might be, for

example, an update to a display about the Northwest Passage that not

only describes the nineteenth century search for the passage, but also

introduces today’s tourism in the region as the ice retreats; it might

involve looking at the science undertaken by Captain Scott’s crew and

relating that to how theories of weather and climate developed; or it

could be researching the work that the Scott Polar Research Institute

undertook in the 1950s to map ice sheets and proposing a way to

incorporate that into the display.


Full details of how to apply can be found here: