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Science and Technology department

Welcome to the Science and Technology department. We research, maintain and monitor one of the most important collections of scientific and technological material in Europe.

The Science and Technology collections are broad-based, ranging from scientific instruments made in the eleventh century to cutting-edge developments in renewable energy technologies. Some items are tiny, such as micro-electronic computing components; some are huge, including 73 aircraft. They are held at the National Museum of Rural Life and the National Museum of Flight as well as the National Museum of Scotland and National Museums Collection Centre.

These collections represent not only the development of scientific concepts and technical details but also the historical and cultural significance of science, medicine and technology, and their impact on people and the environment.

The department is organised into two sections: Science and Technology. Our collections are open to researchers for examination, and we'd be happy to help you conduct research. Please contact our staff to enquire.

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Dr Geoffrey Belknap

Keeper of Science and Technology

Dr Geoffrey Belknap is head the department of Science and Technology. He is responsible for the department, its staff, collections and projects. His research interests lie in the history of science, photography, visual culture, digital humanities, and participatory museum practice.
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