Science for the Nation: Perspectives on the History of the Science Museum

Hardcover | May 15, 2010

EditorPeter Morris

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A engaging history of the British Science Museum, produced to mark the centenary of its separation from the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1909. Rather than simply a narrative history, it uses the key themes of the Science Museums evolution to explore major issues and tensions common to the development of all science and technology museums.

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A engaging history of the British Science Museum, produced to mark the centenary of its separation from the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1909. Rather than simply a narrative history, it uses the key themes of the Science Museums evolution to explore major issues and tensions common to the development of all science and technology museum...

PETER MORRIS  is Head of Research across the NMSI family of museums. He has published widely on the history of chemistry and the chemical industry and is currently completing a history of synthetic rubber in Germany. Morris is also editor of the leading history of chemistry journal, Ambix. He was given the Edelstein Award for excellen...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:May 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230230091

ISBN - 13:9780230230095

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Table of Contents

Preface--M.Jackson
Introduction--P.Morris
Infected by the Bacillus of Science: The Explosion of South Kensington--R.Bud
The Early Years: The Science Museum at War and Peace--T.Scheinfeldt
The Science Museum and the Second World War--T.Parsons III
Ambition and Anxiety: The Science Museum, 1950s to 1983--S.Anthony
Parallax Error? A Participants Account of the Science Museum, c.1980-c.2000--T.Boon
Waves of Change: How The Science Museums Library Rose, Fell and Rose Again--N.Wyatt
A Worthy and Suitable House Science Museum Buildings and the Temporality of Space--D.Rooney
Exhibiting Science: Changing Conceptions of Science Museum Display--A.Nahum
It's Not Just a 'Children's Playground.' The Influence of Children on the Development of the Science Museum--A.Bunney
An Effective Organ of Public Enlightenment: The Role of Temporary Exhibitions in the Science Museum--P.Morris
Collecting for the Science Museum: Constructing the Collections, the Culture and the Institution--R.Bud
Lifting the Stone: Housing the Collections--J.Liffen
The International Context and the Context of Internationalism--T.Scheinfeldt
Creating the Most Admired Museum in the World in the Twentieth-First Century--C.Rapley
A short essay on the Science Museum in the 21st Century