Dear Mr Darwin

AHRC Science in Culture Theme Film

Dear Mr Darwin: What can we Learn from 19th Century Citizen Science

A film of Professor Sally Shuttleworth, Dr Sally Frampton and Dr Geoff Belknap’s recent talk at the Oxford Martin School , ‘Dear Mr Darwin’: What can we learn from 19th Century Science’ is available to watch online.

Professor Sally Shuttleworth, Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, Dr Sally Frampton, Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Oxford, and Dr Geoff Belknap, Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Leicester talked about the role of Citizen Science in their AHRC Large Grant project Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries.

The project uses the framing of ‘Citizen Science’ to consider how ‘public’ participation in science was understood in the nineteenth century. The project brings together historical and literary research in the nineteenth century with contemporary scientific practice, looking at the ways in which patterns of popular communication and engagement in nineteenth-century science can offer models for current practice.

This talk is part of a seminar series on citizen science, ‘Trusting the crowd: solving big problems with everyday solutions’.