Speaker: Professor Frank James, Head of Collections and Heritage, Professor of History of Science, at the Royal Institution
'The Uses of Scientific Heritage: The Collections of the Royal Institution'
The Royal Institution possesses a remarkable heritage in terms of manuscripts, objects and images going back to its foundation in 1799. These relate not only to institutional history but to those who have researched, lectured and lived in its Mayfair building. Those who figure prominently in the institution's heritage include Humphry Davy, Michael Faraday, John Tyndall, James Dewar, William Bragg, Lawrence Bragg and more recently George Porter, all of whose papers are held in the collections. Significant objects in the collections include the first miners' safety lamp, the first electrical transformer and generator, the first thermos flask and so on. This talk will discuss the issues surrounding managing this diverse collection and how it can be used to illustrate the development of science over the past two centuries or so, as well as conveying contemporary messages about the role of science in society and culture.
Date: Thursday 6th June 2013
Venue: The Laing Centre, Atrium, Emmanuel College Library
Numbers are limited. Booking is essential and entry will be by free ticket only. Please book early by either e-mailing the College Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (01223) (3)34233. A ticket will be sent to you on receipt of booking.