The Science Museum: collection to communication

Misselbrook, Caroline (2011) The Science Museum: collection to communication. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The Science Museum in London, UK, can be considered unique. The objects in its collection were initially designed for scientific purpose, not to be exhibited, unlike the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK, for example, which presents beautiful objects which, despite needing a certain level of interpretation, can simply be appreciated purely for their aesthetic value. On their own, the objects in the Science Museum have no voice of their own and relate to themes that many people don’t understand. Therefore they have to be communicated and given a voice. The design of the exhibitions with the Science Museum supports the narration of the stories behind the objects on display and the communication of abstract, complex scientific themes that are not instantly accessible to the general public. The curators and those involved in the creative direction of the Museum must be evangelists of science in their pursuit to educate and entertain the public.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 16:00
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:10

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