Who Am I?

Hacking into the Science Museum

The Team

Jay Stewart

Jason Barker

Kayte Sweeney

Dr. Sarah Chaney

Sarah is a historian, researching the history of psychiatry at University College London. She says: ‘In my work I am particularly interested in how categories and classifications are introduced, and how they affect people. I am also interested in using personal experiences to enrich historical research, and helping with this project has really inspired me to emphasise more clearly in my own work. During the project, I led a workshop to discuss these ideas with the participants, and explore historical medical records. I was impressed by how articulate and thoughtful the young people were. I think of myself as quite critical of stereotypes, but hearing the participants’ ideas and concerns throughout made me realise there are still many things I take for granted that can be challenged.’ For more about me go click here.

Dr. Serena Iervolino

Serena Iervolino is an Early Career Researcher working for the AHRC-funded ‘All Our Stories’ project at the Science Museum. In this capacity, Serena contributed to the process of production of the ‘What Makes our Gender’ display case. By conducting participant observation, Serena has studied this collaborative project between the Science Museum and Gendered Intelligence. Her research has sought to investigate the extent to which this collaboration altered established curatorial and collecting practices. Her study highlights a number of factors that impinge upon museums’ attempts to co-produce traditional museum outputs working collaboratively with ‘communities’ and interest groups, particularly those outside the ‘mainstream’.

Serena holds a PhD in Museum Studies (Leicester University). Her research is located at the intersection of museum studies, cultural policy studies, and political theory. She is particularly interested in how cultural (diversity) politics and policies, demographic change, shifting societal values alter established museological practices and generate more democratic forms of knowledge production, and how museums in turn impact upon public policy-making and visa versa. Currently Serena is also a Teaching Fellow in Cultural Policy Studies in the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies (Warwick University), and an Honorary Visiting Fellow in Museum Studies (Leicester University).

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