Geoffrey Belknap was appointed as a curator at the Science and Media Museum, Bradford, in part due to his previous work on our project with the Natural History Museum, and his work for the project on citizen science.
His appointment, and rapid elevation to Head Curator, opened further doors for the project, enabling us to run a joint event in 2019 for National Science Week, focusing on our citizen science project, ‘Science Gossip’, and more generally on citizen science.
We were able to reach a large local audience, many of whom were very young, and introduce them to the ideas of citizen science. Members of the Zooniverse team were there, and also our project artist, the animator Sydney Padua, who gave some really popular workshops on how to do your own animations, which the children loved.
We also helped the museum to introduce its own stream of work on citizen science. We were able both to extend the range of those who engaged with our work and also to have an influence on museum practice. The Museum is now looking to do further work on citizen science.
Read Dr Geoffrey Belknap’s case study of his journey