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Science for the Nation

Perspectives on the History of the Science Museum

Editors: Morris, P. (Ed.)

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About this book

An engaging study of a great national institution. Essays explore the changing roles of museums and the perceived public role of a museum of science and technology. Illuminates the ways in which we think about the collecting and display of objects and the often difficult relations between the state, business and industry, and museum funding.

About the authors

SCOTT ANTHONY Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, UK TIMOTHY BOON Chief Curator at the Science Museum, London, UK ROBERT BUD Principal Curator of Medicine, the Science Museum and Visiting Professorial Fellow of History at Queen Mary University of London, UK PETER J. T. MORRIS Principal Curator of Science, the Science Museum, London, UK THAD PARSONS Doctoral Candidate, Oxford University DAVID ROONEY Curator of Transport, the Science Museum, London, UK TOM SCHEINFELDT Managing Director, Center for History and New Media and Research Assistant Professor of History, George Mason University, Virginia, USA NICK WYATT Library Manager, the Science Museum Library, London, UK

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


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Morris, Peter J. T.

    Pages 1-10

  • Infected by the Bacillus of Science: The Explosion of South Kensington

    Bud, Robert

    Pages 11-40

  • The First Years: The Science Museum at War and Peace

    Scheinfeldt, Tom

    Pages 41-60

  • The Science Museum and the Second World War

    Parsons, Thad

    Pages 61-89

  • Ambition and Anxiety: The Science Museum, 1950–1983

    Anthony, Scott

    Pages 90-110

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Hardcover $135.00
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Softcover $32.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-34932-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Science for the Nation
Book Subtitle
Perspectives on the History of the Science Museum
Editors
  • P. Morris
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
NMSI
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-28314-5
DOI
10.1057/9780230283145
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-23009-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-34932-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-31119-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 350
Number of Illustrations and Tables
59 b/w illustrations
Topics