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    Book review of The Fate of Anatomical Collections, by Rina Knoeff & Robert Zwijnenberg

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    Displays of instruments in science museums are closer to those of decorative arts artefacts than to the presentation of real functional and practical objects. This article offers a critique and suggests a path forward to go beyond functionless objects.

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    A review of conservation concepts and practice, and provision of access to objects. Discussion of the conservation issues which arise when industrial objects are operated, and of the need for research into the effects of operation and the visitor experience.

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    Curators Miranda Lowe and Richard Sabin discuss a major redisplay at the Natural History Museum, London, featuring ‘Hope’ the blue whale skeleton, in relation to extinction narratives, ideals of authenticity, anthropomorphism and the crossover of art and science.

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    This paper introduces the three articles in this issue relating to Science City 1550–1800: The Linbury Gallery, which opened at the Science Museum, London, in 2019. It discusses the rationale behind the gallery and its relationship to collections and research.

  6. by , , , , on - Museum practice

    The curators of Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries reflect on their experiences of creating these significant new displays at the Science Museum in London.

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    Through the recent example of the BepiColombo Structural Thermal Model currently on display in the Science Museum, this paper argues that models should be interpreted as original objects and not just as representations of the final product.

  8. by on - Object focus

    This article considers the worth of the physical museum object and its value as a focus of appreciation and interpretation. The object in question is the fifth and final Black Arrow rocket that has been displayed in the Science Museum for over 35 years.

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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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