Talking Off the Record: Conversations between Scientists and Government

11 May 2005

The Churchill Archives, Churchill College, Storey’s Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DS

Convenors: Jon Agar (Dept of History and Philosophy) Allen Packwood (Director, The Churchill Archives) Ludmilla Jordanova (Director, CRASSH)

This conference reexamines the intimate history of scientists and government in Britain in the 20th century. As part of CRASSH’s programme of events engaging with the theme of Conversation, we will not only revisit the question of why did formal dialogue between scientists and government deepen, but also discuss the informal relationships: the talk that was ‘off the record’.


Programme Morning Session Witness seminar, with Sir Alcon Copisarow, plus two others

Afternoon Session Papers presented by:

Professor Dominique Pestre (EHESS, Paris) Dr Jeff Hughes (CHSTM, Manchester. TBC) Dr Katrina Dean (School of Geographical Sciences, Bristol) Dr Charles Thorpe (STS, UCL) Dr Brian Balmer (STS, UCL)

The conference will take place at Churchill Archives Centre, home to some of the richest collections relating to British politicians, civil servants and scientists with close relationships to government (see:

A special exhibition at the Churchill Archives Centre will accompany the conference.

Further details will be posted at shortly – please check for updates.

Please contact [email protected] with any enquiries about this event.