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    This essay explores the ambiguous status of photographs in museums and the impact of institutional thought-landscapes on that status. Which photographs are understood as ‘important’ and thus collectable and which are not, and under what conditions?

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    In 2016 the National Media Museum transferred parts of its photographic collections to the Victoria and Albert Museum. This article examines the reactions to this decision to understand what it can tell us about public perceptions of the role of museums, and places the transfer in the wider contexts of sustainable collecting practices, economic pressures and local circumstances.

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    Technologies of Romance: Introduction

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    This article applies the author’s experience as an artist working with video and photography, plus his recent research and publishing on the theme of Technologies of Romance, to the work of three contemporary artists using video. It explores video art for its potential to collect and transmit affective images and to act itself as an ‘object’ capable of communicating sentiment and sensuality. The article develops a current increase of interest within the author’s cultural and academic environment in evaluations of affect, emotion, love, intimacy, etc. in art theory, history and museum studies. In doing so the author’s own Technologies of Romance theme develops its investment in theories of history into a dialogue with the Science Museum and with processes of museology.

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    This article brings artistic and curatorial voices to reflect on the meaning of four major new art commissions in Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries. Curator of Art Collections, Katy Barrett, talks with artists Eleanor Crook, Marc Quinn, and Studio Roso.

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    Acting as an introduction to articles in this issue on a museums theme, this paper discusses the long-term history of science museums and the conjuncture of the late twentieth century which precipitated innovations in various science museums described in the collection.

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    This article is about the 2008 temporary Rijksmuseum Boerhaave exhibition Quest for Absolute Zero. It was the first major project aimed at broader target groups and proved to be a very useful experience in the process of renewing the permanent exhibition.

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    This article focuses on the development of the displays and the content of the Vienna Museum of Technology as a whole, and on new educational approaches in cooperation with schools in particular.

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    The author outlines the development and intellectual underpinnings of the Dibner Award-winning exhibition Split + Splice: Fragments from the Age of Biomedicine (Medical Museion, 2009). Deep connections between biotechnologies, technologies of the self, and the technology that is an exhibition are examined.

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    An examination of the development of a history of chemistry museum from the perspective of the curatorial team, including the stumbling points, challenges and successes. The article looks at critical elements in exhibition development including audience and artefact selection.

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