Displaying climate change : back to basics?

That is the tittle of an article I have just publised with Bridget McKenzie in the last issue of the ECSITE newletter about Nature in the urban context. The article is drawn from the chapter 11 of my thesis. It is about displaying climate change at the Science Museum in London.

Entrance of the Atmosphere Gallery. Science Museum London Photo Duncan Geere

Entrance of the Atmosphere Gallery. Science Museum London
Photo Duncan Geere

In December 2010, the Science Museum in London launched a new permanent display: The Atmosphere Gallery subtitled ‘exploring climate science’. Despite its interactivity and futuristic design it is, at core, traditional. It presents a long history of climate science as a neutral and rigorous discipline. Given that the Museum has been pioneering more dialogic exhibits recently, for example ‘Prove It!’ in 2009, this straightforward approach raises questions. Was this a deliberate strategy to prove the rigour of climate science? Or, was it intending to strip back to their core mission – an explanation of hard science – to avoid the impression of campaigning? That are the questions raised in the article.

See the article below or download it in Pdf.

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