Closing date Monday 16th January 2023
The Science Behind…
Dacorum Heritage is looking for an experienced scientist who has confidence in showing experiments in front of the camera.
Dacorum Heritage is unlike any other museum, as it currently operates from a museum store. There is no dedicated open gallery space, so staff and volunteers must think creatively when engaging local communities with local history.
With a collection of over 130,000 artefacts in store we cover a wide range of themes and time periods. From the Neolithic, through to the present day, the collection gives a wonderful insight into the long history and culture of the Dacorum area. Some of the ways in which the museum engage with the public are through loan boxes, workshops, temporary exhibitions and volunteering opportunities.
Dacorum Heritage holds collections relating to industries and people across the Borough of Dacorum. Within this collection we keep stories from our local heritage which holds great potential for teachers delivering their science curriculum. This project, funded by the Royal Society, will pilot the use of the collection to engage audiences with science topics, in this case, inspired by Brock’s Fireworks, a well-known fireworks manufacturer once based in Hemel Hempstead. The outcomes, including a new loan box inspired by Brock’s, will be developed in consultation with local schools.
Following this pilot, we would then like to follow this loan box with a second loan box theme. This box would be called ‘The Science behind photography’ and would be based on the strong heritage links we have to Kodak. Taking what we have learnt from the first and then applying it to another box.
• At least two sessions lasting no longer than 1 hr filmed, by the museum, showing experiments inspired by the two historic themes. The first being Fireworks and the second being Photography.
• Brainstorm with museum staff and volunteers ideas for what could be included in the box, alongside the edited films.
• Committed and passionate about science and bringing it to life in a fun and creative way. • Experience of delivering science to young people. Ideally to primary school aged children or early secondary aged children.
• Experience of developing sessions that respond to various learning styles and abilities • Ability to communicate effectively with DH and children both verbally and in writing • Confidence in speaking and being the host in front of the camera.
2 days work over the course of one month.
• ½ day with DH discussion of about what will be filmed– Feb 2023
• 1 day filming of experiments – Feb 2023
• ½ viewing of film and recommendations for any editorial changes and additions to the box – April 2023
How to Respond
please email a quote with a breakdown of costs to NinaGlencross@dacorumheritage.org.uk by Monday 16th January 2023
This project is funded by The Royal Society – Places of Science
The Dacorum Heritage Trust Ltd. The Museum Store, Clarence Road, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 3YL Telephone/Fax 01442 879525 General Email email@example.com
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