Queering the Science Museum

Friday 7 December 2018 16:15 - 17:30
Meet Level 2 Foyer, Blackett Labratory 16:15 sharp Social & Recreational Physics

As part of the LGBT+ in Physics Week.

On this tour, Ellie presents celebrated LGBTQIA+ scientists and investigate hidden histories of others through objects and storytelling. By exploring the museum, the tours will also be posing the question of how we can queer the museum more generally by understanding our human compulsion to classify, label, and table our identities and lived experiences. Can we begin to unpack and explore our identities and lived experiences through Science Museum collections? Can we use them reach new perspectives and understandings of ourselves by looking at these collections through a fresh, queer lens? We invite you to come and participate in the conversation of queering spaces, museums and science and develop methods and ways we can make these more inclusive.

Queering the Science Museum was originally supported by the British Society for the History of Science in the summer of 2018.

Short Bio:
Ellie is a PhD candidate at UCL, where she researches how space science is displayed in London science museums using queer feminist approaches. Ellie is also a keen science communicator, and has previously been an Explainer at the Science Museum, London, and worked at science festivals all over the country, and works on trying to help more people think critically about how social and cultural settings shape the science we do. You can find her online at @ellietheelement