Mark Steadman

PhD student

Summary: A History of the Scientific Collections of the Leeds Museum, 1819-1921: Acquiring, Interpreting & Presenting the Natural World in the English Industrial City

Overview

Thesis title:

A History of the Scientific Collections of the Leeds Museum, 1819-1921: Acquiring, Interpreting & Presenting the Natural World in the English Industrial City

Research overview

My research looks at philosophical societies and museum enterprise within industrialising Britain. By shedding light on the activities of these institutions, their collections, their Curators and their members -- as well as reactions from visitors and the public at large -- my research aims to locate these institutions within broader national contexts and to better understand the contribution they made to nineteenth-century scientific activities.

Supervisors

Professor Gregory Radick, Dr Jon Topham, Clare Stringer and Antonia Lovelace

Publications

  • "Museums and Philosophical enterprise in Late Georgian Leeds," Museums and Galleries History Group, 7 (2008), 5-7
  • Review of: Taub, L. and Willmoth, F. (eds), The Whipple Museum of the History of Science: Instruments and Interpretations, Metascience, 17 (2008), 503-506 
  • Review of: Daunton, M. (ed.), The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain, Intellectual History Review, 19 (2009), 144-145 
  • Review of: MacGregor, A., Curiosity and Enlightenment: Collectors and Collections from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century, Archives of Natural History, Forthcoming.