Rosanna Evans


I am a part-time doctoral candidate in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science (PRHS) at the University of Leeds. My thesis, which investigates how objects have been used to teach science, is co-supervised by the Science Museum as a part of an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership. Alongside my PhD, I work as the Learning Co-ordinator at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science at the University of Cambridge. Prior to this I completed a Museum Studies MA at the University of Leicester whilst also working as the Collections Assistant at the Whipple Museum. In 2014 completed my Undergraduate BA here, at the University of Leeds, in English and History. I am co-supervised by Professor Graeme Gooday and Dr. Indira Banner at the School of Education, and Dr. Jane Desborough at the Science Museum.

Talks (external)

  • 'Is it the International Year of the Frog? How a well­-used teaching model can be a catalyst for new research' - Object Lessons and Nature Tables: Research Collaborations between Historians of Science and University Museums, University of Reading, 2016

Research interests

My research explores how objects have been implicated in science teaching, primarily in schools in the UK. I will be employing the Science Museum's Teaching Collection to construct specific object biographies and aim to record the oral histories of ex-pupils that directly recall the use of the collection as a part of their education. 

Additional research interests include science communication, representation and inclusion of diverse audiences within museum collections, meaning making within museums, as well as gender and queer history.


  • English and History BA
  • Museum Studies MA