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Science for the nation : perspectives on the history of the Science Museum

Author: Peter John Turnbull Morris
Publisher: Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan ; London : Science Museum, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A engaging history of the British Science Museum, produced to mark the centenary of its separation from the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1909. Rather than simply a narrative history, it uses the key themes of the Science Museums evolution to explore major issues and tensions common to the development of all science and technology museums"--
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Genre/Form: History
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Science for the nation.
Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan ; London : Science Museum, 2010
(OCoLC)760923365
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter John Turnbull Morris
ISBN: 9780230230095 0230230091
OCLC Number: 504273457
Description: xxi, 350 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), plans ; 25 cm
Contents: Infected by the bacillus of science : the explosion of South Kensington / Robert Bud --
The first years : the Science Museum at war and peace / Tom Scheinfeldt --
The Science Museum and the Second World War / Thad Parsons III --
Ambition and anxiety : the Science Museum, 1950-1983 / Scott Anthony --
Parallax error? : a participant's account of the Science Museum, c.1980-c.2000 / Timothy Boon --
Waves of change : how the Science Museum's library rose, fell and rose again / Nicholas Wyatt --
'A worthy and suitable house' : the Science Museum buildings and the temporality of space / David Rooney --
Exhibiting science : changing conceptions of Science Museum display / Andrew Nahum --
Beyond the Children's Gallery : the influence of children on the development of the Science Museum / Anna Bunney --
'An effective organ of public enlightenment' : the role of temporary exhibitions in the Science Museum / Peter J.T. Morris --
Collecting for the Science Museum : constructing the collections, the culture and the institution / Robert Bud --
Behind the scenes : housing the collections / John Liffen --
The international context and the context of internationalism / Tom Scheinfeldt --
Afterword : a speech made at the dinner to celebrate the centenary of the Science Museum on 11 June 2009 by Professor Chris Rapley CBE, director of the Science Museum --
Appendix 1. Temporary (special) exhibitions, 1912-1983 / Peter J.T. Morris and Eduard von Fischer --
Appendix 2. Table of senior staff at the Science Museum, 1893-2000 --
Appendix 3. Visitor figures for the Science Museum, 1909-2008.
Responsibility: edited by Peter J.T. Morris.

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