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Science for the Nation
Perspectives on the History of the Science Museum
Edited by Peter J T Morris
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
14 Apr 2010
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9780230230095
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23 Aug 2013
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Science for the Nation is a unique look at the history of a great national institution as well as a study of the changing roles of museums and the perceived public role that a museum of science and technology plays within larger society. It illuminates the ways in which we think about the collecting and display of scientific objects, and explores the changing and often difficult relations between the state, business and industry, and museum funding. The essays also examine the Science Museum in the context of other national museums in London, and show the key differences affecting their chosen paths and individual development.


Description


Science for the Nation is a unique look at the history of a great national institution as well as a study of the changing roles of museums and the perceived public role that a museum of science and technology plays within larger society. It illuminates the ways in which we think about the collecting and display of scientific objects, and explores the changing and often difficult relations between the state, business and industry, and museum funding. The essays also examine the Science Museum in the context of other national museums in London, and show the key differences affecting their chosen paths and individual development.


Reviews

'Science for the Nation is more than a chronological account of the museum's history, fascinating as that story is.  It also includes chapters on the museum staff and its library, buildings, collections, exhibitions and visitors...It is also an account of change...It is constantly changing and evolving, much like science itself.' - E & T
 
'It is an account with something new even for those well-versed in the museum's history.' - Life After the Museum Newsletter
 
'Successful in commemorating the Science Museum as an internationally important institution [...] It is a fitting and varied testament to the museum's first century and a half.' Richard Dunn, The Journal of BJHS
 
'...the Science Museum deserves credit for publishing a book that contributes to the study of museology, history of collections and the material culture of science.' Science for the Nation


Contents


List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Foreword; S.Schaffer
Introduction; P.Morris
Infected by the Bacillus of Science: The Explosion of South Kensington; R.Bud
The First 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 Participant's Account of the Science Museum, c.1980-c.2000; T.Boon
Waves of Change: How The Science Museum's 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
Beyond the Children's Gallery: 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
Afterword: The Museum of the Future; C.Rapley
Appendix1: List of Temporary Exhibitions from 1912 to 1983
Appendix2: List of Senior Staff from 1893 to 2000
Appendix3: Visitor Figures for the Science Museum from 1909 to 2008


Authors

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 excellence in the history of chemistry by the American Chemical Society in 2006.