Current Meeting

The 2019 meeting will be held in Edinburgh, 20–22 October, hosted by the National Museums Scotland, Science & Technology Department and Surgeons Hall.

The theme is Diversity. Presentations should consider both philosophical and concrete examples of how an attention to diversity can enrich understanding and practice in museums. "Diversity" may be interpreted broadly, encompassing both objects and people; but all proposals should have an explicit focus on the material culture of science, technology and/or medicine.

Examples might include, but are not limited to:
Diversity of makers, scientists and users of artefacts.
Materiality and diversity.
‘Hidden’ (or deleted) histories within material culture.
Excluded artefacts: missing objects, objects not collected, deaccessioned objects.
Diversity of scientific, technological and medical collections; and of objects and materials within collections.
Diverse (or not) audiences for artefacts.

Abstracts for 20-minute papers should be 100–200 words; abstracts for short presentations (up to 10 minutes) should be 50–100 words. They should be accompanied by a 50-word author biography and sent to by 3 June 2019.

The meeting will open at Surgeons Hall, the museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and carry on at the National Museum of Scotland. Formal registration will be available when the programme is announced in June, but in the meantime informal queries and intentions to attend should be directed to Molly Osborn (; +44 131 247 4274).