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OpenCulture 2012 Provocation: 'What are Science Museums for?' by Hadrian Ellory-van Dekker

Museums are about collections. It is this that distinguishes them from all other places of learning and scholarship, research, education, enlightenment and entertainment. And it is collections that separate science museums from sciences centres and exploratoria.Sir Neil Cossons, former Director of the Science Museum

 

Science, Technology and Industry Subject Specialist Network

The Science, Technology and Industry Subject Specialist Network discusses and advocates for all aspects of scientific, technological and industrial collections in museums. See the link to our group on Collections Link for more information.

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Measurements and Machines: Further reading and websites

Further reading and websites relating to historical weights and measures and machine tools. Produced for a Science, Technology and Industry SSN seminar as part of a Monument Fellowship supported by the Museums Association.


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Author: Jack Kirby and Jim Andrew
Publisher: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Publication date: 14-06-2011

Old Weights and Measures

This document gives the history of some of historical weights and measures. Tables of measures and conversions between measures will be given as well as some indication of the uses of those measures. Written by Jim Andrew in the late 1970s and reworked by him in 2008 for a Science, Technology and Industry SSN seminar as part of a Monument Fellowship supported by the Museums Association.


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Author: Jim Andrew
Publisher: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Publication date: 14-06-2011

Machine tool definitions

Terms used in machining and the machines used in these tasks. An illustrated glossary produced for a Science, Technology and Industry SSN as part of a Monument Fellowship supported by the Museums Association.


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Author: Jim Andrew
Publisher: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum