Dr Rebekah Higgitt received her BA and MA from the University of Durham and undertook her PhD in the history of science at Imperial College London. In 2005-7 she did postdoctoral research at the Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh.
From 2008 to 2013 she was Curator of History of Science and Technology at the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, before arriving at Kent in 2013.
Rebekah's research and publications have focused broadly on the relationship between science and society in Britain between the 17th and 19th centuries. This has included work on scientific biography, the material culture of science and its display in museums, the relationship between science and government, and the many roles of scientific institutions. Between 2010-15 she was a Co-Investigator on an AHRC-funded project on the history of the Board of Longitude, 1714-1828, in partnership with the University of Cambridge and National Maritime Museum.
Rebekah is currently leading a Leverhulme Trust research project, Metropolitan Science: Places, Objects and Cultures of Practice and Knowledge in London, 1600-1800, in partnership with the Science Museum.
As well as working on how science has been communicated to the public in the past, Rebekah has focused on communicating the history of science, through museum exhibitions, broadcast and social media, public talks, and by blogging for the Guardian.
She is a member of the English Heritage Blue Plaque Panel, Treasurer of the British Society for the History of Science, and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Historical Society.