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Freelance Scientist, Dacorum Heritage, Hertfordshire

05 Jan 2023 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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. 

About Us 

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.  

The Project: 

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. 

Expected Outcomes: 

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. 

Person Specification 

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 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 

Registered in England No. 2851313 | Registered Charity No. 1026161 | Accredited Museum No. 1594 | Status:  Fully accredited museum.

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