Principal Investigator

Sally Shuttleworth Professor Sally Shuttleworth


 Chris Lintott Professor Chris Lintott – University of Oxford

Gowan Dawson Professor Gowan Dawson – University of Leicester


Paul Cooper Paul Cooper – Special Collections Librarian, Natural History Museum


Thalia KnightThalia Knight – Director of Library and Surgical Information Services, Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons.

Keith Moore Keith Moore – Head of Library and Information Services at the Royal Society

John Tweddle Dr John Tweddle – Head of the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity, Natural History Museum

Postdoctoral Research Assistants:

Dr Sally Frampton Dr Sally Frampton completed her PhD at University College London in 2014. Her thesis looked at ideas of surgical innovation in the nineteenth century, particularly in the field of ovarian surgery. She has also worked at Imperial College London researching the introduction of minimally invasive surgery into Britain during the 1980s and 1990s. As part of the Citizen Science project Sally will be working closely with the periodical collections at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, using these to examine how nineteenth-century medical professionals and laypeople interacted with one another on the pages of the medical press. Sally has also published on priority disputes in surgery for Medical History and, more recently, on the history of ovarian disease for a forthcoming collection of essays.

Geoff Belknap Dr Geoffrey Belknap  is a historian of Victorian Science, Visual Culture and Periodical History. Having completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2011 he has worked as a researcher and post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University on both the Charles Darwin and John Tyndall Correspondence Projects. He has also held a short-term fellowships at the Yale Center for British Art. His primary area of research has been the production and reproduction of photographic images in various sites of scientific communication. As a post-doctoral fellow on the Citizen Science project at Leicester University, he is investigating the broader uses of illustrations within Natural History periodicals in the mid- to late-Victorian period. He has published articles in History of Science and the edited volume Photographs, Museums, Collections: Between Art and Information. Geoff’s book From a Photograph: Authenticity, Science and the Periodical Press, 1870-1890 was published by Bloomsbury in 2016.

Berris Charnley Dr Berris Charnley is a historian of science, interested in seeds, genes, farms and food. How are these resources studied, measured, weighed, owned or shared? And what can the history of human relations with such resources tell us about their management in the future? Berris has  edited a collection of essays on genetically modified organisms and their relation to law, Intellectual Property and Genetically Modified Organisms: A Convergence in Laws, co-edited with Charles Lawson, which is available from Ashgate. Author’s pre-prints of Berris’ work and a full CV can be downloaded from In 2008, Berris co-founded the IPBio Network, an international group of scholars with shared research interests in intellectual property and the biosciences. The network has hosted a series of public and academic events and an archive of recordings is available from the network’s website: As part of the Citizen Science project Berris will be looking at contemporary citizen science and publishing issues and their relation to the history of scientific journal publishing.

Jim O'DonnellDr Jim O’Donnell is a web developer for Zooniverse at the University of Oxford. He worked for several years in public outreach and web development at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the National Maritime Museum, where he led the development of digital history and science projects. He has developed Zooniverse sites for Solar Stormwatch, which detects large eruptions from the Sun, and Operation War Diary, recording the daily life of the British Army on the Western Front. Jim will be building web sites and tools for the Citizen Science project. Jim is contactable at


Dr Lee Macdonald is a historian of science in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, specialising in the history of astronomy and the physical sciences. He has degrees from the universities of Reading and Cambridge, as well as a PhD from the University of Leeds, which he completed in 2015. He has also completed a short-term research fellowship at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, researching the origins of the magnetic and meteorological department at Greenwich Observatory. He has had articles published in the Journal for the History of Astronomy and the British Journal for the History of Science, and is currently working on a monograph on the history of Kew Observatory, based on his doctoral thesis. A long-time amateur astronomer, he is the author of a book, How to Observe the Sun Safely (2nd edition, Springer, 2012). Dr Macdonald is working part-time for the Constructing Scientific Communities project enhancing the Solar Stormwatch site with images and insights from the history of solar astronomy.

jane-seymour1Dr Jane K. Seymour completed both her MA and PhD at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL and currently holds a Wellcome Library Fellowship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research to date has focused on ideas and practice in public health work at both national and local level in the interwar years in Britain. This work touches on themes of health and hygiene, the individual and society, citizenship and governance and the liberal political tradition, among others. Dr Seymour is  working part-time supporting the Constructing Scientific Communities team in the area of medical history and also on the launch of a new Zooniverse citizen science project.

PhD Students

Alison MouldsAlison Moulds is a DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford. Her project focuses on the construction of the doctor/patient relationship through medical writing and fiction during the nineteenth century. Alison previously studied part-time at Birkbeck College, University of London, completing an MA in Victorian Studies while working full time in health policy and public affairs. She has a BA in English Literature from Durham University.

Matthew Wale - CopyMatthew Wale is undertaking his PhD at the University of Leicester, where he also completed his BA in History and MA in Victorian Studies. As part of the Citizen Science Project, he will be working with the archives of the Natural History Museum, investigating the ways in which popular natural history periodicals facilitated amateur engagement with science during the nineteenth century.

Media and Communications


Dr Kira Allmann completed her DPhil in Oriental Studies (Islamic World) at the University of Oxford in 2016. Her research focuses on online/offline politics, space, and mobility in Egypt after the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Her thesis explored the political and spatial implications of technologically mediated mobility between virtual and physical dimensions in Egypt, examining how information and communications technologies enable new forms of resistance and also new regimes of disenfranchisement and exclusion. Kira is a Rhodes Scholar and holds an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA in Government and Linguistics from The College of William and Mary. She will be managing media production for the Constructing Scientific Communities project, providing creative and technical support for podcasting, video recording, and social media.

Advisory Board


Project Poet:

      Don Paterson

Project Artist:

       Sydney Padua

Project Administrator

Alyson SladeAlyson Slade