Author Archives: Rebekah Higgitt

About Rebekah Higgitt

Rebekah Higgitt completed a PhD in the history of science at Imperial College London in 2004 and did postdoctoral research at the University of Edinburgh. She was Curator of History of Science and Technology at the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich between 2008 and 2013 and is now a senior lecturer in the School of History at the University of Kent. Her research and publications have mainly focused on scientific institutions, scientific biography, history of science and the relationship between science, government and the public in 19th-century Britain. She became Principal Curator of Science at National Museums Scotland in August 2020 and is currently also Acting Keeper of Science & Technology.

Whewell’s Ghost on Facebook and Twitter

I have decided that it is time to take the Facebook page and Twitter account of Whewell’s Ghost in a new direction. In part inspired by our earlier discussions about the future of The Giants’ Shoulders history of science blog … Continue reading

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Catching up with The H Word

As mentioned in my previous post here, I have been cross-posting my posts from The H Word, hosted by the Guardian, to my personal blog Teleskopos. Please feel free to read and/or comment there, or follow the links below to … Continue reading

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Apologies for cross-cross-posting

In order to keep my Teleskopos blog alive, to have a personal record in one place of all of my posts, and to have a space for commenters who prefer not to register at the Guardian (or to find themselves among those … Continue reading

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A tale of a telescope

In this month’s Journal for the History of Astronomy I have a book review of Richard Gillespie’s The Great Melbourne Telescope – a book I enjoyed reading and a review I enjoyed writing. Hop over to teleskopos to read it.

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The Historical Science Society of 1840

My second post on the new Guardian Science blog, The H Word, is now up – looking at The first HSS, a 19th-century venture doomed to failure as a result of its young founder’s succumbing to bibliophilic temptation.

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On and upwards?! A question for you all

Some of you who follow me on Twitter will by now have heard today’s news, which is the launch of my new blog. Having launched teleskopos only just over a year ago, my main blogging efforts are now migrating over … Continue reading

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More than transitory interest: an instrument of note

Slightly belatedly, here’s a cross-posting of my last post on the Longitude Project blog, which takes a closer look at a significant astronomical relic: A lesson quickly learned in the world of museum collections and displays – perhaps especially in … Continue reading

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Two posts on the Three Societies

For your delectation, here are two posts in advance of this week’s Three Societies meeting in Philadelphia. On the Longitude Blog I have given the session and paper abstracts for the Longitude Project’s session, ‘Defining the Instrumental’. On teleskopos I … Continue reading

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Way out west, looking for Lewis and Clark

What better day to reach the heartland of America than 4th July? After my transatlantic crossing, I took a short hop from Chicago to St Louis, Missouri, taking off shortly after dusk at 9pm and landing at 9.40. The towns … Continue reading

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Observing transit history in the media

I have a post up on the Guardian’s ‘Notes and Theories’ science blog. It’s called What they didn’t tell you about the transit of Venus. ‘They’ are all the potted transit histories that I’ve read/heard/watched over the last few weeks. What … Continue reading

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