Heritage and memory

Questions of scientific heritage and memory underpin issue #95, which discusses how we remember, record, narrate and display the history of science. The feature article comes from the Oral History of British Science team at the British Library, as Tom Lean details the ongoing project to record the life stories of scientists, engineers and others involved with British science and technology (1-3). Sophie Waring uses the ‘Viewpoint’ column to advocate the writing of more accessible histories, with particular reference to Dava Sobel and debates over who should tell the story of longitude (6). Charlotte Connelly picks apart the challenges of displaying large and unfamiliar objects, in her article on BSEM-6, the Russian supercomputer that is the ‘Object of the Issue’ (7). There is an introduction to Museo Galileo, winner of the 2010 Great Exhibitions competition (10), as well as the CERN archive (12), and Watt’s workshop, as recreated at the Science Museum (8).

Viewpoint 95 [2.2Mb, pdf]