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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Why Collect Science?
Author(s): Alberti, Samuel J M M
Keywords: exhibitions
science engagement
science and technology museums
Issue Date: 6-Dec-2017
Citation: Alberti SJMM (2017) Why Collect Science?. Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies, 15 (1), Art. No.: 1.
Abstract: In this critical assessment of the ‘museology of science’ I cherry-pick recent scholarship and practice to unpack the functions of science collections. Some practices (exhibition, engagement, study) have already attracted considerable attention, others not yet (storage); but all tend to be considered separately as case studies from particular institutions and for particular disciplinary audiences. Juxtaposing different reasons to collect reveals both the tensions inherent in science collections and the opportunities these collections afford, especially around their materiality. This is why we have collected science, and why we should continue.
DOI Link: 10.5334/jcms.150
Rights: © 2017 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See

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