Science Museum Group Journal
The 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.
06 CURRENT ISSUE Autumn 2016 - Issue 06
Issue 06 of the Journal presents readers with several new research articles. Ian Hutchings presents a refutation of a number of early twentieth century working model interpretations of Leonardo da Vinci drawings; Dr Jaume Sastre-Juan analyses changing perceptions of European industrial museums as expressed in reports by the curators, directors and trustees of the New York Museum of Science and Industry in the 1920s and 1930s; while Claire Kennard focuses on a single object – Shizuo Ishiguro’s storm surge prediction machine – soon to appear in the Science Museum’s new maths gallery. We also include a thought-provoking text from Dr Jane Gregory on the importance of applying existing technologies to address global issues, as well as a review of the recent John Dee exhibition at The Royal College of Physicians. We hope you enjoy reading this issue!
Understanding storm surges in the North Sea: Ishiguro’s electronic modelling machine
An introduction to one of the star objects in Mathematics: The Winton Gallery, an electronic storm surge modelling machine.
Problem / science / society
The economic aim of commercialisation of science has drawn attention to particular innovations. Science communicators and the public participate in this process. However, there are technologies that scientists and the public already value, that they could apply to global problems.
Doping at the Science Museum: the conservation challenge of doped fabric aircraft in the Flight gallery
A review of the materials used to make doped fabric aircraft, the Science Museum’s collection and the conservation challenge of such objects.
Flying Scotsman: modernity, nostalgia and Britain’s ‘cult of the past’
This article explores the rescue and restoration of the world famous steam locomotive Flying Scotsman in 1963 and explores wider questions about what it means to preserve cultural objects and how, if at all, their authenticity can be preserved.
Giovanni Canestrini’s models of Leonardo da Vinci’s friction experiments
Among the many mechanical models based on Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings, several purport to illustrate his experiments on friction. This article traces the history of these models and examines them critically in the light of recent research into Leonardo’s studies of friction.
Pilgrimages to the museums of the new age: appropriating European industrial museums in New York City (1927–1937)
This article analyses the changing perceptions of European industrial museums as expressed in the reports written by the curators, directors and trustees of the New York Museum of Science and Industry between 1927 and 1937.