Summary: This dissertation makes efforts to understand how and why art is used in science museums, and more importantly, whether it forwards science museums’ goal of increasing public understanding of science. Drawing on different pieces of literature and interviews, this paper presents an analysis of the use of art in science museums, with references to the Science Museum. Using a theoretical framework, the analysis suggests that museum curators and directors see art as a useful tool for increasing visitors’ engagement with the displays. As a result, there is an overall increase in public understanding of science, especially in the sense that visitors experience an increase in their interest in the sciences. This is predicted to have long-term benefits on public understanding of science. However, as the divide between the art and science is exploited for the purpose of illuminating science, the rift between art and science deepens, and visitors might not be able to understand science in the wider social context.
|Title||Does the Use of Art in Science Museums Increase Public Understanding of Science?|
|Level||BSc year 3|
|Assignment||The main assignment for this class is a research project culminating in an report or |
dissertation not more than 10,000 words.
|Other information||STS academics supervise student projects in HPSC3004.|
|Citation||Fiona Heung. 2017. “Does the Use of Art in Science Museums Increase Public |
Understanding of Science?” UCL Science and Technology Studies. HPSC3004
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