Tilly and Alison New

Right: Tilly Blyth Left: Alison Boyle. Location: Computing gallery, Science Museum, London. Photographer: Greg Funnell. Image © Greg Funnell/ScienceGrrl. Please do not use this image on other sites without the permission of ScienceGrrl (sciencegrrlUK@gmail.com)   Tilly Blyth, PhD, is the Keeper of Technologies and Engineering at the Science Museum – in brief, she manages the galleries, exhibitions and research activity in this area. She has a fascinating collection at her fingertips, from Stephenson’s rocket, to the Apollo space capsule, to Charles Babbage’s Difference engine. Her vision is that museums can, and should, inspire, and she uses her position to showcase science as a vital part of our culture. She is currently Head Curator on the new Making Modern Communications gallery, due to open in 2014. Tilly has three daughters.

Alison Boyle, MSc, is a curator of astronomy and modern physics at the Science Museum in London. What she helps the museum collect today will shape how future generations understand our scientific and technological culture. She loves the variety – from holding a first edition (1543) of Copernicus’s On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres to working right up at the boundaries of human knowledge by leading an exhibition on the Large Hadron Collider, due to open in November 2013.