Scientific objects are different enough from the things you might find in your house and home that academics treat them differently. But is that the right approach?
Sometimes, you look at why people do things and you think “why on earth are they doing this?”.
There are a couple of things I’d like to unpack in this blogpost: the feelings of not being a “real” expert, how they come about, and what someone might be able to do about them.
The important parts of an oral history, I think, are as much about what people don’t say as anything else.
This is a post that mainly exists because my research has thrown me a curveball and I need to think out loud about what I’m doing. I research the history of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, a space lab housed in a Victorian mansion in the middle of nowhere. (Yes, really.) Part of my research […]