DR. TILLY BLYTH

DR TILLY BLYTH IS HEAD OF COLLECTIONS AND PRINCIPAL CURATOR AT THE SCIENCE MUSEUM, LONDON, WHERE SHE CARES FOR THE UK’S SCIENTIFIC, TECHNOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL HERITAGE. TILLY LEADS THE CURATORIAL, RESEARCH, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE TEAMS AT THE MUSEUM, WITH A MISSION TO INSPIRE, ENGAGE AND MOTIVATE THE WIDEST AUDIENCE ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MODERN WORLD AND ITS RELEVANCE TO THE FUTURE. TILLY WAS LEAD CURATOR ON THE INFORMATION AGE GALLERY, WHICH TELLS THE STORY OF 200 YEARS OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES THROUGH SIX NETWORKS OF PEOPLE, PLACES AND IDEAS, AND INCLUDES AN INTERACTIVE VISUALIZATION OF THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE WORLD WIDE WEB DEVELOPED WITH SIR TIM BERNERS-LEE.

TILLY’S ACADEMIC BACKGROUND IS IN THE SOCIOLOGY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. SHE HAS A DEGREE IN PHYSICS AND A MSC IN SCIENCE POLICY FROM MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY, BEFORE BECOMING ENTHRALLED BY THE DIGITAL WORLD AND COMPLETING HER PHD WITH BT LABS ON EARLY INTERACTIVE TV AND INTERNET TRIALS. SHE THEN WORKED AS A POSTDOC AT THE LSE ON CHILDREN'S’ ATTITUDES TO NEW MEDIA BEFORE APPLYING HER EXPERTISE IN INDUSTRY WITH SKY TELEVISION, BBC2’S THE NET, AND CHANNEL FOUR. SHE WAS UK EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR THE COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY EDUTECH START-UP FATHOM.COM. IT WAS AT FATHOM, WHILST RUNNING A TEAM BASED AT THE LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS, THAT TILLY FIRST WORKED WITH THE SCIENCE MUSEUM, SUBSEQUENTLY JOINING THE MAKING THE MODERN WORLD ONLINE PROJECT TEAM AS EXECUTIVE EDITOR.

IN 2004 TILLY JOINED THE SCIENCE MUSEUM AS CURATOR OF COMPUTING, LOOKING AFTER THE NATIONAL COMPUTING COLLECTION. WHILST AT THE MUSEUM SHE HAS AUTHORED THE REPORT FOR NESTA ON THE LEGACY OF THE BBC MICROCOMPUTER, EDITED A SPECIAL VOLUME OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE: A JOURNAL OF HISTORY, AND EDITED THE BOOK INFORMATION AGE: SIX NETWORKS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD.  TILLY IS A MEMBER OF BAFTA, A SCHOOL GOVERNOR AND A RASPBERRY PI FOUNDATION MEMBER.