The Metropolitan Science project will be holding a scene-setting workshop at the Science Museum’s Dana Research Centre on 16-17 June 2017. Organised by the project consultant, Professor Jim Bennett, this meeting seeks to establish the current state of research on corporations, institutions and less formalised cultures of practice in early modern London. Invited speakers are asked to focus on different institutional settings, drawing on their research and the wider literature to address questions such as:
- Was this institution / group a repository of shared knowledge and skill, or did other interests predominate, or was it little more than a collection of individuals?
- How was the shared knowledge or skill codified / managed / preserved / developed?
- How did the ‘group’ see its own role in a knowledge culture?
- What were its ambitions in relation to the wider context of London life?
- Was it similar to, or seek to emulate, other groups?
- Did it promote or to resist change?
The workshop will be open to anyone interested in attending at low cost. A full programme will be posted as soon as possible. Confirmed participants include Celina Fox, Simon Schaffer, John Christie, Patricia Fara and Rob Iliffe as well as members of the project team.