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Towards Invisibility

A cross-disciplinary historiography of the lives and work of makers of 3D models and their roles in formal and informal learning from 1800

Jane Insley

When working as a museum curator, I looked after collections that included models. Post-retirement, it occurred to me that the makers of the models are far from well-known, and rarely celebrated. Why is this? I use Actor Network Theory in investigating three collections - museum dioramas at the Science Museum, architectural models at St Paul's Cathedral, and models of crystal shapes in the National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh. The stories that have emerged have been difficult and laborious to disentangle, but throw light on the invisible trades that support several kinds of informal learning, and how institutions of memory sometimes forget.

Main Supervisor: Prof Pam Meecham

Subsidiary supervisors: Prof Michael Reiss, Dr Sue Tunnicliffe