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    This essay explores the ambiguous status of photographs in museums and the impact of institutional thought-landscapes on that status. Which photographs are understood as ‘important’ and thus collectable and which are not, and under what conditions?

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    This article applies the author’s experience as an artist working with video and photography, plus his recent research and publishing on the theme of Technologies of Romance, to the work of three contemporary artists using video. It explores video art for its potential to collect and transmit affective images and to act itself as an ‘object’ capable of communicating sentiment and sensuality. The article develops a current increase of interest within the author’s cultural and academic environment in evaluations of affect, emotion, love, intimacy, etc. in art theory, history and museum studies. In doing so the author’s own Technologies of Romance theme develops its investment in theories of history into a dialogue with the Science Museum and with processes of museology.

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    A review of the popular, comic-style illustrated book by Sydney Padua that fictionalises the lives of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage and their invention of the first computer.

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    This article explores Lyon Playfair's life between 1818 and 1858, from his birth to his appointment as Professor of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh.

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    Dame Margaret Weston, DBE, FMA (7 March 1926–12 January 2021), obituary

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    This essay draws on the Science Museum’s pictorial collections, in particular the excellent holdings of astronomical and meteorological images, in order to look again at the construction of objectivity, this time from the point of view of making and reproducing images.

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    This article explores how the process of aligning material and cultural ‘connections’ was crucial to defining different historical trajectories of domestic electrification in Canada and Japan. Detailing how connections were made and modified reveals the divergent and fluid meaning of living electrically across space and time.

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    Mind-Boggling Medical History is a card game designed to introduce medical history to new and non-traditional audiences for the subject, and to nurses in particular.

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    An article suggesting that the digital revolution is reliant upon a sustained colonial project that was also central to the industrial era. Minerals are central to western techno-capitalist societies in digital devices such as smartphones and this paper looks at the legacy of resource extraction in the Congo.

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    The essay explores the curation of Misbehaving Bodies: Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery, an exhibition at Wellcome Collection. Bringing together two artists who explore illness narratives, the essay explores how the exhibition expanded on Wellcome Collection’s ambitions to challenge how people think and feel about health.

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