Morrison-Low, A D (2018) Geomagnetic instruments at National Museums Scotland. Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science. ISSN 0035-9149 (In Press)

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In 1981, the sole book about historic geomagnetic instruments was by Anita McConnell. Using it as a timeline, the Royal Scottish Museum’s temporary exhibition ‘The Earth is a Magnet’, was put on to co-incide with an international congress held in Edinburgh that year. The experience emphasised curatorial awareness that this important story could be told only with borrowing material from a number of other collections, and that in some cases, crucial items no longer existed. Locating and borrowing such objects before the internet proved tricky and time-consuming, but helped to form thinking about how the collections might grow. The paper will look at what there is, and something of what there is not, in the Scottish national collections.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Temporary exhibitions; Scottish geomagnetic history; curatorial practice; Dr Anita McConnell.
Subjects: A General Works > AC Collections. Series. Collected works
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: 29 Nov 2018 16:18
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2018 17:02

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