Morrison-Low, A D (2007) Making scientific instruments in the industrial revolution. Science Technology and Culture, 1700-1945 . Ashgate and National Museums Scotland, Aldershot. ISBN 9780754657583

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Abstract

This book looks at the four main, and two lesser, English centres known for instrument production outside the capital: Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, along with the older population centres in Bristol and York. Making wide use of new sources, Dr Morrison-Low, curator of history of science at the National Museums of Scotland, charts the growth of these centres and provides a characterisation of their products. New information is provided on aspects of the trade, especially marketing techniques, sources of materials, tools and customer relationships. From contemporary evidence, she argues that the principal output of the provincial trade (with some notable exceptions) must have been into the London marketplace, anonymously, and at the cheaper end of the market. She also discusses the structure and organization of the provincial trade, and looks at the impact of new technology imported from other closely-allied trades.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Scientific apparatus and instruments industry
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Science and Technology
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Depositing User: Mark Glancy
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2010 16:03
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2014 15:45
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/11

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