Collecting and Connecting
Curatorial blog from the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
From July 20-24, I had the privilege of being faculty at a challenging and inspiring Summer School at the Manipal Center for Philosophy and Humanities (MCPH) in India (co-organized by Cosmopolitanism and the Local in Science and Nature).
Her list contained a few intriguing items from Dr. Roger Maltby, a former staff anesthesiologist at Foothills Medical Centre and Professor Emeritus of Anesthesia at the University of Calgary. These pieces, a Schimmelbush Mask and an Epstein-Macintosh-Oxford inhaler complete with travelling case, were used during his time teaching medicine in Nepal in the 1980s.
As I was already headed to Calgary for Comiccon, I decided to begin interviewing some of the veterans of the natural resources world. Being in Alberta, talent in that department was not lacking. The first man I interviewed was Bob Lee, a renowned figure in the metallurgy world.
One of my more favourite things we bring into the collection are chemical sets. This one is an 1890’s Robert Best Ede home chemistry set.
To understand the story behind this turbofan engine, one has to go way back in time, to the mid 1960s. Back then, de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (DHC), a company known today as Bombardier Aerospace Toronto, was a world leader in short take off and landing (STOL) technology.
What is the nature of science as practiced in micro-gravity? The instrumentation is simple, well-designed and robust; digging below the surface, we discover that this experimental elegance derives from years of preparation, design, equipment construction, and testing. How do we find (and collect!) science within this prodigious enterprise?