Science Museum Group Journal
The new Science Museum Group Journal presents the global research community with peer-reviewed papers relevant to the wide-ranging work of the Science Museum Group. The journal freely shares the research of four national UK museums and warmly invites contributions that resonate with their collections and practice.
Current Issue 01 Spring 2014
This first issue of the Science Museum Group Journal conveys some the breadth and depth of research surrounding the Group's collections and activities. It includes new research, for example, on William Bally's set of phrenological heads (one of the Science Museum's most beautiful objects) and on the historical significance of James Watt's workshop, as well as a close look at how eighteenth-century instrument makers used printed books . Discussion papers explore ideas about heroism and the effectiveness of the movement to engage the public with science.
‘Something simple and striking, if not amusing’ – the Freedom 7 special exhibition at the Science Museum, 1965
The Mercury capsule Freedom 7 was displayed at the Science Museum in 1965–66. This was well documented through photographs in addition to textual documents. The paper proposes an analysis of the exhibition in the light of these records.
This article discusses the concept of ‘heroism’ in relation to science, medicine and technology. It unpicks the complexities of the concept and discusses its implications for historians of science and museum professionals.
Watt’s workshop: Craft and Philosophy in the Science Museum
A close examination of James Watt’s workshop, preserved in the Science Museum’s collections since 1924 and redisplayed in 2012, suggests a richer, more nuanced interpretation of his contribution to Britain’s Industrial Enlightenment as both philosopher and practical maker.