Registration Open: Science in the City 1500-1800, 6-7 April 2020

UPDATE: In light of current health concerns and travel restrictions, we have decided to go ahead with this conference as an ONLINE only event and there is no need to pay to register. More details soon.

Dates: 6-7 April 2020

Location: Dana Research Centre, Science Museum, London

We are very pleased to announce that registration is now open for this conference. It explores the role of artisanal, mercantile, and official communities in making and using scientific and technical knowledge in early modern cities; the scientific cultures of particular localities; the mutual influence of city streets and the urban fabric on knowledge-communities and practices; the relationship of metropolitan cultures of science with local and global ones; and offers comparative perspectives on the metropolitan cultures of different cities. The programme is available here.

This conference marks the end of the ‘Metropolitan Science: Places, Objects and Cultures of Knowledge and Practice in Early Modern London, 1600-1800’ research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and the opening of a permanent gallery at the Science Museum. We are delighted to welcome Professor Pamela H. Smith of Columbia University, and leader of the ‘Making and Knowing‘ project, and Dr Andrew Mendelsohn of Queen Mary, University of London, as keynote speakers.

The conference includes workshops on the digital mapping of object collections and on interpreting science and the city in a museum context.

Please communicate your access requirements, or send your queries, to

This conference is supported by the School of History at the University of Kent, and organised in partnership with the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community at the Institute for Historical Research.


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