School of History


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 2005-6 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.

Dr Higgitt's research and publications have focused broadly on the relationship between science and the public in 18th- and 19th-century Britain, looking at the depiction of men of science in biography, the material culture and display of science 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.

As well as working on how science has been communicated to the public in the past, Dr Higgitt has focused on communicating the history of science. As well as through museum exhibitions, media and public talks, she has been blogging for the Guardian since 2012.

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Rutherford College
University of Kent

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Higgitt, R. (2017). Framing the transit: expeditionary culture and identities in Lieutenant E.J.W. Noble's caricatures of the 1874 transit of Venus expedition to Honolulu. Annals of Science [Online] 74:214-239. Available at:
Higgitt, R. (2017). Challenging Tropes: Genius, Heroic Invention, and the Longitude Problem in the Museum. Isis [Online] 108:371-380. Available at:
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Higgitt, R. and Dunn, R. (2017). The Bureau and the Board: change and collaboration in the final decades of the British Board of Longitude. in: Schiavon, M. and Rollet, L. eds. Pour une histoire du Bureau des longitudes (1795-1932). Nancy: Presses universitaires de Lorraine.
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