UK Rutherford-China Curatorial Research Fellowship

Science Museum - London

Job Type: Fellowship

Application Deadline: January 21, 2018

The Science Museum in London (flagship of the Science Museum Group) runs an ambitious programme of major temporary exhibitions with our historic collections and our curatorship at its heart. We are expanding our work in and with China and, amongst other things, intend to explore opportunities for a temporary exhibition on Chinese science and technology – past, present and looking to the future – and how this intertwines with culture, drawing from our own collection and those of other organizations in China and elsewhere.

These research projects will investigate potential avenues for including Chinese content in Science Museum Group programmes in a variety of ways. The longer-term objective is an innovative and engaging exhibition that would be shown at the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, and then internationally. We wish to commission preliminary curatorial research on this topic and the writing of a report that identifies and provides evaluation of the key elements for a major museum exhibition, including potential narratives and how these might be supported with artefacts, archives and expertise.

Applicants should:

  • Hold a doctorate (or have equivalent experience) in a relevant discipline (history, museum / heritage studies / history of science / science and technology studies).
  • Have studied, specifically, the history or current practice of specifically Chinese science and technology.
  • Be fluent in English and Mandarin, both spoken and written.

This role is externally funded; the precise terms depend on the effective start date and will need to be agreed with the funder (Department for Business, Energy and industrial Strategy; Rutherford scheme)

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Posted: January 20, 2018