Alberti, S J M M (2018) Scientific instrument curators in Britain: building a discipline with material culture. Journal of the History of Collections (fhy027). ISSN 1477-8564

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Abstract

From the mid-1960s a new breed of scientific instrument curators emerged in the United Kingdom. This small community of practice developed in parallel to but distinctly from the expanding generation of university historians of science and other cognate museum sub-professions. Presenting the trajectories, experiences and practices of personnel in British scientific instrument collections, especially the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh, this article explores how networks of interest around collections shaped the museum sector in later twentieth-century Britain. With particular objects – especially eighteenth-century instruments – the ‘brass brigade’ built a discipline.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Advance article
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
A General Works > AS Academies and learned societies (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Q Science > QB Astronomy
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Science and Technology
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2018 14:25
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2018 14:25
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/2073

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