How Collections End: Objects, Meaning and Loss in Laboratories and Museums, Cambridge Oct 24-26
How Collections End: Objects, Meaning and Loss in Laboratories and Museums
24–26 October 2017
Boris Jardine (Cambridge), Emma Kowal (Deakin, Australia), Jenny Bangham (Cambridge)
Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, Free School Lane, CB2 3RH
HowCollectionsEnd brings together scholars of museums and laboratories to look at the threat and reality of ending in a range of different kinds of scientific collections. In laboratories collections are in perpetual flux, and managed destruction is part of the job of the research scientist or lab technician. In museums endings can sometimes be intentional, but they can also be disastrous, or simply mundane, as the relevance of the collection dwindles or a museum closes its doors. Endings can be productive too: a matter of spring-cleaning, re-purposing, or the absorption of one collection into another. In HowCollectionsEnd we will be discussing pre-circulated papers on specific case studies, asking questions about ‘endings’ and what they tell us about the power and value of scientific objects.
The workshop will begin at 2pm on the 24th, and finish at lunchtime on the 26th.
Papers will be pre-circulated to registered participants in early October. Registration £30 (£15 students), which includes lunches on the 25th and 26th.