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Charlotte Connelly

PhD student

College: Hughes Hall
Supervisor: Hasok Chang, Simon Schaffer
Thesis topic: Investigating the flow of electrical ideas through the instruments of their discovery, 1800–1850
Research interests: 19th-century physics; scientific instruments; museums; material culture; polar science and exploration



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


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.


Journal articles


  • 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 sciencedoi: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.