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    Review of The Return of Curiosity, by Nicholas Thomas

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    This essay analyses representations of the ammoniaphone across nineteenth century advertising and the medical and musical press, and situates these representations within the broader Victorian fascination with the supremacy of Italian opera singers and the emergent corporeal anxieties of late nineteenth century consumer culture.

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    An innovative storage building made from low-carbon, natural hygroscopic materials requiring minimal energy to achieve control of relative humidity to museum standards was built to house collections for the Science Museum Group.

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    Glass display cases in museums get a bad rap. For anyone wanting to evoke museums as old fashioned, expert-led broadcasters or as creating ‘mausoleums’ for objects by taking them out of the ‘immediacy of life’ the glass case is the perfect scapegoat. Glass display cases are the enforcers of the injunction ‘do not touch’.

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    The article analyses the history of the collection of Leonardo da Vinci historical models, focusing on two episodes: the 1939 Leonardo Exhibition where a first group of models was created; and the 1952 celebrations, when a new set of models was built to be displayed in the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica, which opened the following year.

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    This paper investigates how the development of new contacts and partnerships has contributed not only to the loan of material of historic significance to the Science Museum’s exhibition, but more broadly changes perceptions about Russia and its space programme in the western world.

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    Drawing upon experience of being a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) student at the Science Museum, this article reflects on the value of collections with limited cataloguing in historical research and offers ways to overcome the problems of interpretation.

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    The author describes and contextualises the Hugh Davies Collection (HDC) – a collection of self-built electro-acoustic musical instruments and other electronic sound apparatus formerly owned by the English experimental musician, instrument inventor, and live electronic music pioneer Hugh Davies (1943–2005).

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    This in-conversation piece reveals the nature, rationale and context of the recent collaboration between film artist Bill Morrison and the Museum of Science and Industry for the exhibition Electricity: The spark of life. The development of Morrison’s art installation, Electricity, had an impact on the thinking processes and practices of both artist and curator, producing new shared interpretations of electrical energy and power.

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    In this piece Anna Geurts and Oli Betts explore the concept of micro-fellowships, thinking about what short-term, high-yield collaborations between universities and museums can do to enhance the research capabilities of both.

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