Museums, Material Culture and the History of Science - HI881
Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module
|30 (15)||Dr R F Higgitt|
The information below applies to the 2015-16 session
Method of assessment
- S.J. Alberti. (2005) 'Objects and the Museum', Isis, 96 R. Bud. (1995) 'Science, meaning and myth in the museum', Public Understanding of Science K. Hill (ed.) (2012) Museums and Biographies: Stories, Objects, Identities. Woodbridge: Boydell Press S. Lubar & W.D. Kingery (eds.) (1993) History from Things. Essays on Material Culture. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press P. Morris (ed.), (2010) Science for the Nation: Perspectives on the History of the Science Museum. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan D. Pantalony. (2008) What is it? Twentieth-Century Artifacts out of Context, HSS Newsletter D.J. Warner (1990) What is a scientific instrument, when did it become one, and why?, British Journal for the History of Science
- As a consequence of taking this module students will have: 11.1 Gained knowledge of key themes in the history of science, technology and medicine. 11.2 Gained knowledge and a critical understanding of a representative sample of science historiography, particularly in relation to: the analysis of material culture, using objects and buildings as historical sources, and geographies of scientific knowledge. 11.3 Gained a critical understanding of themes and trends in the display of objects related to science and technology in museums and an appreciation of the different spaces and locations in which such objects are displayed. 11.4 Gained an understanding of how the historical methodologies used by historians of science translate into displays and the brief label and panel texts that accompany them. 11.5 Learnt to think critically about popular myths about science and its history, and how object displays and museums can bolster or critique them. 11.6 Learnt to evaluate a range of sources for understanding the impact of science on wider culture.