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    The author describes and contextualises the Hugh Davies Collection (HDC) – a collection of self-built electro-acoustic musical instruments and other electronic sound apparatus formerly owned by the English experimental musician, instrument inventor, and live electronic music pioneer Hugh Davies (1943–2005).

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    Suffragette, physicist, mathematician, and inventor: in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century when few women had access to opportunities in STEM, Englishwoman Hertha Marks Ayrton held all these roles and advocated for social justice, including suffrage for women.

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    This paper presents an account of a project that the Museum of Electricity and Life implemented to provide educationally disadvantaged children with opportunities to participate in cultural life and help them to develop new competences. The children accompanied their peer group as travel guides through the history of electricity. In the process they slipped into different roles and imparted their knowledge through short theatrical performances.

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    How can physical actions of performance be passed on through generations? This article highlights possible routes of transmission from lecture-demonstrations of nineteenth-century scientists at the Royal Institution to Science Museum Guide Lecturers in the 1950s, on to the performance practices of contemporary Explainers.

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    What if sounds were museum objects? Via an experimental curatorial practice, the author proposes a revised definition of the 20th century musical term ‘sound object,’ proposing it as the basis for a museological conception of sounds as heritage.

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    An introduction to one of the star objects in Mathematics: The Winton Gallery, an electronic storm surge modelling machine.

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    This paper proposes the analogy of ventriloquism as a way of extending the discussion about how objects speak and are used to tell different stories to audiences in museums as ‘material polyglots’. It explores how the Science Museum has changed the voices, stories, and physical and instrumental functions of a particular object – the ‘Trainbox’ version of the Douglas Hartree’s Differential Analyser – since it was collected in 1949.

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    A 3D chart of electricity demand in Manchester, 1951–54, is a tangible record of past practice, both of the electricity supply industry and its consumers. We offer a close inspection of the object, and generate ideas about the chart’s use and users.

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    This article describes the process and outcomes of a research project that involved reconstructing Alexander Graham Bell and Clarence J Blake’s ear phonautograph, an 1874 curiosity that used an excised human middle ear to visually inscribe sound waves.

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