Society for the History of Technology 2004 Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits

**Submission deadline now extended to 15th February**

The Society for the History of Technology invites nominations for its Dibner Award, established in 1985 to recognize excellence in museums and museum exhibits that interpret the history of technology, industry, and engineering to the general public. Winning exhibits, in addition to being well designed and produced, should raise pertinent historical issues. Artifacts and images should be used in a manner that interests, teaches, and stimulates both the general public and historians. The winners will be announced at the Society’s Annual Meeting in Amsterdam October 7-10, 2004 . The Award consists of a plaque and up to $1000.00 to cover expenses for a member of the design team to accept the award at the SHOT awards banquet. The Society especially encourages nominations from local and regional historical societies. “Virtual” exhibits are not eligible for the award.

Anyone, including the institution or individual responsible for its creation, may nominate an exhibit for the Dibner Award. Exhibits should be currently on view and have opened within the past two years. Nominations should include a nomination form with names of possible reviewers (not affiliated with the development of the exhibit) and materials that will assist the committee in evaluating the exhibition (exhibit script, related publications, videotape, photographs, educational materials, and website address).

Nominations should be sent to the committee chair: Karen Utz, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, 20 32nd Street North, Birmingham, AL 35222 USA. All materials will be retained by SHOT for archival purposes.

The deadline for nominations has been extended to 15 February 2004 See nomination form at

Prize details (awaiting updating)

Recent winners include:

2003 “Show of Force”, the Armley Mills Industrial Museum, Leeds, U.K., curated by Neil Dowlan; and ‘Engenho e Obra: Engineering in Portugal in the 20th Century”, a joint effort of the Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, IN+, Instituto Superior Técnico, and the Institute of Contemporary History of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Universidade Nova de Lisboa; directed by Manuel Heitor

2002 “Shinkansen,” National Railway Museum, York, curators Belinda Morris and Richard Gibbon; and “World City,” Museum of London, curators Alex Werner and Karen Fielder

Please send all enquiries to Karen Utz, E-mail [email protected]