Goggins, Sophie, Phillipson, Tacye and Alberti, S J M M (2017) Prosthetic limbs on display: from maker to user. Science Museum Group Journal (8). ISSN 2054-5770

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Prosthetic devices have been used in museums to tell clinical, technical and personal stories. Here we reflect on the ways artificial limbs and their users were represented in recent museum projects at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and at National Museums Scotland. We consider how these meaningful artefacts illuminate three overlapping themes in museum scholarship and practice: the representation of disabled people and disability in museums; reflections on conflict-acquired
limb loss; and the presence or otherwise of user or patient voice in interpretation. In working with and representing people who design and wear prosthetics we advocate a balance between narratives of technique and of use.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Full text available via the official URL
Uncontrolled Keywords: disability, prosthetics, users, war
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QM Human anatomy
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TS Manufactures
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Theme: Collections & collecting
Department: Science and Technology
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 11:47
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2017 11:55
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/1936

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