Article

Shaping scientific instrument collections: A historiography

Citation

Alberti SJMM (2019) Shaping scientific instrument collections: A historiography. Journal of the History of Collections, 31 (3), pp. 445-452. https://doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhy046

Abstract
First paragraph: There is an extensive literature on the history of what we now term scientific instruments. As a result, we know a great deal about how devices such as telescopes, clocks and astrolabes were made and used, especially those dating from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. Many of these artefacts survive to be studied and written about because they have been gathered into collections, often in museums. This special issue of Journal of the History of Collections reflects upon the meanings and values of such collections; by way of introduction, here I lay out the genres and themes in the historiography of scientific instruments.

Keywords
Museology; Visual Arts and Performing Arts; Conservation

Journal
Journal of the History of Collections: Volume 31, Issue 3

StatusPublished
FundersNational Museums Scotland
Publication date30/11/2019
Publication date online30/11/2018
Date accepted by journal29/11/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/28865
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
ISSN0954-6650
eISSN1477-8564