Industrial Society and Its Museums 1890-1990: Social Aspirations and Cultural Politics
Museums can be seen as the product of complex negotiations between administrators, politicians, economic interest groups, professional lobbies, and various sections of public opinion, all of whom expect the museum to serve the interest and express their own particular views about the relationships between science, technology, industry, and society. The essays in this volume stem from a conference held at the Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris in 1992. They explore the founding and funding of museums of science and technology and examine how the museums themselves have coped with the constraints and sometimes contradictory expectations placed upon them. As well as presenting valuable insights into the limitations and problems that museums of technology face today, the essays in this collection provide thought-provoking comment on technology's place in society and will be of interest to those with a wider interest in the relationship between science and society as a whole.