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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 and Technology department

Dr Rebekah Higgitt: Acting Keeper

Specific responsibility: Science collections, including astronomy, navigation, lighthouses, cartography, surveying, metrology, meteorology and oceanography.
Research interest/expertise: History of science 1600-1900; cultural and social history of science and technology; scientific instrument makers.

You can find out more about Dr Rebekah Higgitt here.

 Alison Taubman  

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. 


 Dr Tacye Phillipson


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.



Sophie Goggins: Senior Curator of Biomedical Science

Specific responsibility: Senior Curator of for Biomedical Science.
Research interest/expertise: Contemporary collecting in biomedicine, patient experience, and prosthetics.

You can find out more about Sophie Goggins here.


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Dr Meredith Greiling: Senior Curator of Transport

Specific responsibility: Aviation, Road, Rail and Maritime transport.
Research interest/expertise: Scottish maritime history, in particular shipbuilding, shipmaster societies and offshore industries.

You can find out more about Meredith Greiling here.


Ellie Swinbank

Ellie Swinbank: Curator of Technology

Specific responsibility: Technology Collections
Research interest/expertise: Social and environmental impact of industry and technology.

You can find out more about Ellie Swinbank 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.

You can find out more about Ian Brown here. 


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.

Julie Gibb: Assistant Curator of Science

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

You can read blogs from Julie Gibb here. 

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.

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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.

Louise Innes

Louise Innes

Research interest/expertise: General transport and the Scottish Transport Industry.

You can find out more about Louise Innes here.



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Science and Technology galleries

Communications, transport, industry, engineering, energy and medicine: how have scientific and technological inventions changed our lives?

Victorian photography

Explore our archive of Victorian photography, from the early days of daguerreotypes to the birth of photography for the masses.

Reflecting and Refracting Telescopes

People throughout history have looked up to the sky for answers: to measure time, mark seasons, and navigate vast oceans. The sky at night inspires with beautiful images, and promises answers to big questions.
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