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    This article analyses the 1935 Science Museum Noise Abatement exhibition in order to draw wider conclusions about technological sound and the museum and to make an argument in favour of hearing museum sound historically.

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    Long term and bulk patterns in the accessioning, deaccessioning and use of the Science and Technology collections of National Museums Scotland were revealed within their digital database records. This confirms the value of both collecting and disposal for collections development.

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    Close inspection of William Bally’s miniature phrenological specimens – a set of 60 small plaster busts – has led to a reappraisal of their origin and use. Made in 1832, they helped position Bally as ‘one of the best practical phrenologists in England’.

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    In 2016 the National Media Museum transferred parts of its photographic collections to the Victoria and Albert Museum. This article examines the reactions to this decision to understand what it can tell us about public perceptions of the role of museums, and places the transfer in the wider contexts of sustainable collecting practices, economic pressures and local circumstances.

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    Curators Miranda Lowe and Richard Sabin discuss a major redisplay at the Natural History Museum, London, featuring ‘Hope’ the blue whale skeleton, in relation to extinction narratives, ideals of authenticity, anthropomorphism and the crossover of art and science.

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    This article tells the story of the Science Museum’s role in an exhibition at the Royal Academy, London, in 1952, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Leonardo da Vinci, and in particular in displaying mechanical models based on Leonardo’s drawings.

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    A review of the materials used to make doped fabric aircraft, the Science Museum’s collection and the conservation challenge of such objects.

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    This paper reconstructs the history and reception of the Dr Nelson’s Inhaler as a means of understanding the growth of inhalation therapy in the mid-nineteenth century.

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    Editorial Issue 07

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    Pioneering principles of research laid down before the First World War served Kodak well for several decades. But ultimately the company evolved a conservative management culture which failed to adapt to market realities, with disastrous consequences.

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