Ours is one of the most important collections of scientific and technological material in Britain.
  • Science collections include: scientific instruments, measurement and precision apparatus, Scottish lighthouse optics and apparatus associated with pure and applied research in modern science.
  • Transport collections reflect the development of transport from the horse to jet aircraft, and from native boat to computer designed vehicles. 
  • Communications collections cover printing, telegraphy and telephony, sound and recording, radio, television and broadcasting. This section holds items from the BT Connected Earth collection.
  • Industry and engineering collections include civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, mining and mineral processing and Scottish industry past and present.

Science at National Museums of Scotland

Want to discover how we are deliver our vision of becoming a leader in enabling public engagement with science and technology through exhibitions, programmes and events? Our publication, Science at National Museums Scotland, shows how through our many exhibitions, programmes and events we are delivering our vision of being a leader in enabling public engagement with science and technology.

Access to Science and Technology collections

Please note that, during essential building work, as part of our Heritage Lottery Funded capital project, we regret that access to the Science and Technology collections at the National Museums Collection Centre will be closed until summer 2016. This is both for the safety of visitors and to ensure that building work can be completed on schedule.

Science and Technology department

Dr Sam Alberti: Keeper of Science and Technology

Dr Sam AlbertiResponsibility: staff, projects and collections - communications, medicine, science, technology, and transport.
Research interest/expertise: history of museums; nineteenth- and twentieth-century British science and medicine.

You can find out more about Sam Alberti here.

Louise Innes: Principal Curator of Transport

Louise InnesSpecific responsibility: Aviation, Road, Rail and Maritime transport.
Research interest/expertise: General transport and the Scottish Transport Industry.

You can find out more about Louise Innes here.

Alison Taubman: Principal Curator of Communications

Specific responsibility: Telegraphy, telephony, printing. Development of the BT Connected Earth partnership.
Research interest/expertise: History of telegraphy, telephony and printing.
Contemporary collecting: telecommunications collections.

You can find out more about Alison Taubman here. 

Klaus Staubermann: Principal Curator of Technology

Klaus Staubermann

Specific responsibility: Technology Collections (Scotland, Europe and the World)
Research interest/expertise: Heritage, Artefacts and Practices.

You can find out more about Klaus Staubermann here.

Dr Tacye Phillipson: Senior Curator of Science

Specific responsibility: Science collections.
Research interest/expertise: Physical sciences and modern science.

You can find out more about Tacye Phillipson here.

Elsa Cox: Senior Curator of Technology

Elsa CoxSpecific responsibility: Technology collections.
Research interest/expertise: Energy technology, politics and sociology of technology.

You can find out more about Elsa Cox here.

Katarina Grant: Assistant Curator of Technology

Specific responsibility: Curatorial support for technology collections.
Research interest/expertise: Materials collection.

Ian Brown: Assistant Curator of Aviation

Specific responsibility: Curatorial support for Aviation collections.
Research interest/expertise: History of radar, Scottish military aviation.

Alan Mills: Assistant Curator of Communications

Specific responsibility: Curatorial support for Communications collections.
Research interest/expertise: History of TV, radio and audio collections in relation to Scotland, Scottish inventors and innovators.

Sophie Goggins: Curator of Biomedical Science

Specific responsibility: Curator of for Biomedical Science.

You can find out more about Sophie Goggins here.

Julie Orford: Assistant Curator of Science

Specific responsibility: Curatorial support for science collections.
Research interest/expertise: History of Science collections.

Research associates

Dr Alison Morrison-Low

Specific responsibility: Research for science collections.
Research interest/expertise: History of Science collections.

You can find out more about Dr Alison Morrison-Low here.

Dr Geoff Swinney

Research interest/expertise: History and historical geography of Museums. Biological models, particularly the work of Leopold Blaschka, and the career of William Speirs Bruce and his contributions to polar and high-latitude scientific exploration.

You can contact Dr Geoff Swinney via LinkedIn here.


Maureen Kerr
Departmental Administrator

Tel: 0131 247 4274