The Scientific Heritage of Wales: The Way Forward

Does Wales need a National Science Museum to preserve and celebrate the country's scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical legacy?

 Dr George Deacon's Dam at Lake Vyrnwy
Dr George Deacon's Dam at Lake Vyrnwy
Sir Thomas Lewis, pioneer of the radiocardiograph
Sir Thomas Lewis, pioneer of the radiocardiograph

Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales hosted a one day conference on Thursday, 18 March 2010 to explore our scientific heritage, how it is currently preserved and presented, and to explore possible ways forward.

Sir William Robert Grove, fuel cell technology pioneer
Sir William Robert Grove, fuel cell technology pioneer

Through a series of talks, discussions and workshops, those leading the conference explored:

  • The development of the History of Science
  • The contribution of Wales, its people and Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales to the development of science and technology
  • How Wales compares with other countries such as Scotland
  • The theory and practice of collecting material relating to the history of science
  • The communication of science and the challenges of making the subject accessible for young people
  • The potential role of new media technology in preserving and representing scientific heritage

 

Science and Wales

 

A National History of Science
Professor John V Tucker, School of Physical Sciences, Swansea University

 

 

The Study of Science at Amgueddfa Cymru
Dr Eurwyn Wiliam, Keeper Emeritus, Amgueddfa Cymru

 

The History of Science

 

Perspectives on the History of Science
Dr Jeff Hughes, Senior Lecturer at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology & Medicine, University of Manchester

Science Matters, Science Materiel: A Historical Perspective on the Collecting of the Material Culture of Sciences
Dr Adam Mosley, Senior Lecturer: Department of History & Classics, Swansea University

 

Comparative Case Study

 

From the Enlightenment to Modern Times: Collecting and Displaying Science in Scottish Society at National Museums Scotland
Dr Alison Morrison-Low, Principal Curator of Science, National Museums Scotland