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    This is a study of the positive relationship between James Short and John Harrison, set in two eighteenth-century contexts: the notion of individual aptitude or ‘genius’ unspoilt by education or training; and the problem of how individual ability might be captured and formulated as public knowledge.

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    Ephemera in collections of science and technology museums are often understudied and even less frequently displayed. This paper argues for a re-evaluation of the scrapbook of Winifred Penn-Gaskell as a key item in her collection of aeronautica.

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    In 2014, at the Royal College of Music, an orchestra recorded on to wax discs using a horn and mechanical technology from the acoustic era of sound recording. This article examines the processes, practices and outcomes of the sessions and reflects on the musicians’ experiences.

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    This research investigates how public participation in European science centres and museums is related to the emerging role of museums in science policy.

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    Early telephone exchange systems presented many problems for users and for the general public. Using archival and periodical sources, this paper examines late nineteenth-century British responses to telephony and how these responses influenced the development and spread of the technology.

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    This paper explores the challenges and history of medical photography as sensitive objects in a museum context. It discusses how medical photographs have been treated over time in historical and museological terms.

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    This essay analyses representations of the ammoniaphone across nineteenth century advertising and the medical and musical press, and situates these representations within the broader Victorian fascination with the supremacy of Italian opera singers and the emergent corporeal anxieties of late nineteenth century consumer culture.

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    This article discusses the provision of spectacles under the NHS scheme in Britain from 1946-86. It reveals there was no explicit consideration of consumer choice or fashion and argues that this limited design across the British optical industry.

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    This article looks at the historic role of sound in displaying the Science Museum’s acoustics collection. It exposes both the practice and problem of using sound in the process of displaying sounding objects.

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    For the instrument makers of the early-nineteenth century there was no distinction between scientific and popular instruments. Exploring the case of the optician Phillip Carpenter, this article will address three popular media formats — the 1817 Kaleidoscope, 1821 Phantasmagoria Lantern and 1827 Microcosm.

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