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    Editorial Issue 05

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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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    An article suggesting that the digital revolution is reliant upon a sustained colonial project that was also central to the industrial era. Minerals are central to western techno-capitalist societies in digital devices such as smartphones and this paper looks at the legacy of resource extraction in the Congo.

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    This article considers the role of enthusiast experts as key actors within the ecology of public heritage, helping to keep stored museum collections ‘alive’ through their unique research practices, which we argue are ultimately beneficial across the wider museum sector.

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    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.

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    The relationship between science and the public has come a long way since the 1950s and the launch of Sputnik 1. But have we achieved the deep-seated changes in economic and social attitudes that must underpin any real ‘scientific revolution’?

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    This paper investigates how the development of new contacts and partnerships has contributed not only to the loan of material of historic significance to the Science Museum’s exhibition, but more broadly changes perceptions about Russia and its space programme in the western world.

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    How can invigorating research be reseeded in science museums? I believe that their investigative agendas can be rejuvenated through a focus on material culture, approached as authentic, singular opportunities for heightened aesthetic delving, and this marshalled through a programmed range of experiences, intelligences and disciplines.

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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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