Staubermann, Klaus (2012) For the public, with the public, by the public – George Wilson and the Edinburgh Industrial University Museum. University Museums and Collections Journal (5). pp. 47-52. ISSN 2071-7229

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University museums have played a significant role in the development of science and engineering knowledge for a long time. The first professorship of technology at Edinburgh University was synonymous with the position of curator of the university’s newly founded Industrial Museum. The unique approach of George Wilson, who held the first technology professorship at Edinburgh University in the 1850s, was to perceive the museum as an active mediator in the understanding of materials, techniques and processes. Artifacts for him were instrumental in the transmission of contemporary knowledge. Interaction with audiences in return enabled museum curators to build both collections and expertise. The examination of these historic practices today helps us to expand our own understanding of public engagement in museums.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Full text version freely available at the official URL
Uncontrolled Keywords: public engagement, university museum, science, technology
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
Theme: Collections & collecting
Department: Science and Technology
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Depositing User: Mark Glancy
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2012 11:40
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2014 16:39

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