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Conference: Science Museums and Research, 31 March–2 April 2016

This conference is designed to celebrate the potential, and the actuality, of the new Science Museum Group's (SMG) research culture. In particular, it marks the opening of the Dana Research Centre and Library, a new home for research in South Kensington. The conference will address how research in science museums, and with their support, can transform not just museums but how research is done in universities.

We will explore this question through the Museum’s interconnected research meta-themes:

  • The public culture of STEMM (including public history of science, and the study of audiences and science media in the present and the past).
  • STEMM and the Arts (how science and technology interact with the arts – including photography, music and literature)
  • The material culture of STEMM (how we can most effectively study objects in museum collections, paying proper attention to their materiality; how may we best conserve the material – and immaterial – culture of STEMM).

Amongst the speakers and topics of interest to BPH readers are: 

  • Phillip Roberts, University of York and National Media Museum, ‘The Projection Microscope, magic lantern entertainments and the scientific instrument trade’

and a session on Friday, 1 April, on researching photography which consists of: 

  • Elizabeth Edwards, De Montfort University and Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, ‘Location, Location: Placing Collections and Shaping Histories’
  • Ben Burbridge, Sussex University, ‘Which Photography? Revelations: Experiments in Photography as Cautionary Tale’
  • Colin Harding, National Media Museum, ‘The Face of Battle: The Colour Photography of Percy Hennell’
  • Noeme Santana, Royal Holloway, University of London, ‘Photography as a business practice in the civil engineering industry’

Details and the cost are here:

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