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Oral History of British Science Team

An Oral History of British Science is a national collection of in-depth, life story audio interviews with scientists and engineers accessible to everyone interested in the recent history of science and technology in Britain.  

The programme is an initiative of National Life Stories in association with the Science Museum, and with support from the Arcadia Fund.

Oral History of British Science Team

Dr Robert Perks
Director of National Life Stories
Lead Curator, Oral History, The British Library

Dr Sally Horrocks
Senior Academic Consultant

Dr Thomas Lean
Oral History Interviewer (Made in Britain)

Dr Paul Merchant
Oral History Interviewer (A Changing Planet)

Elspeth Millar
Oral History Archive Assistant, The British Library

Mary Stewart
Deputy Director of National Life Stories
Curator of Oral History, The British Library


Advisory committee

Professor Jon Agar, Professor in Science and Technology Studies, University College London

Dr Tilly Blyth, Keeper of Technologies and Engineering, Science Museum

Lord Alec Broers, Emeritus Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, Chairman of Diamond Light Source Ltd and Bio-Nano Centre Ltd

Georgina Ferry, science writer, author and broadcaster

Professor Dame Julia Higgins, Emeritus Professor of Polymer Science, Imperial College London

Dr Maja Kominko, Cultural Grants Manager for the Arcadia Fund

Sir Harry Kroto, Francis Eppes Professor of Chemistry at Florida State University, Emeritus Professor at Sussex University, co-founder of the Vega Science Trust, and Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry in 1996

John Lynch OBE, Science programme maker and writer

Professor Chris Rapley CBE, Professor of Climate Science at University College London, Fellow of St Edmund's College Cambridge, and Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia

Dr Simone Turchetti, Research Fellow, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester

Contact us

If you have any queries regarding An Oral History of British Science project please contact us at

National Life Stories
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
United Kingdom

Fax +44 (0)20 7412 7441
Tel  +44 (0)20 7412 7404

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