The Creation of Adam, by Michelangelo
The Creation of Adam, by Michelangelo

New collaboration with Science Museum as part of Humanities & Science series

Matt Pickles

One of the most popular Arts Blog posts this year was a reproduction of the speeches by Marcus du Sautoy and Ben Okri at the launch of the Humanities and Science series at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH).

Since then, there has been an exciting series of events featuring Oxford academics from backgrounds of both arts and sciences.

And this week, TORCH has announced a collaboration with the Science Museum in London to offer a Research Fellowship for an Oxford academic to carry out research on the Museum's collections.

The chosen fellow will contribute to the Museum’s forthcoming exhibition programme, which includes exhibitions on ‘The Wounded’, which marks the centenary of the First World War, and ‘Mathematics’, which tells the stories of mathematicians, their tools and ideas  from the 17th century to the present. The fellowship will facilitate exchange by bringing Oxford academics into the Science Museum, and the Museum collection feeding back into the individual’s research.

'Research plays a vital role in  deepening understanding of our collections, developing new approaches to our work, and in reaching new audiences,' says Dr Tim Boon, Head of Research & Public History at the Museum. 'We are delighted to be working with TORCH on this new fellowship, which will bring new perspectives to our collections.'

The Science Museum's new Research Centre opens in Autumn 2015 and fellows will be able in 2016 to take advantage of the facilities to consult the collections, library and archival material. Fellows will also be given dedicated space within the centre for their research.

The Humanities and Science series continues apace with three events this week. For more information, keep an eye on the TORCH website.