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Historical Geographies of Provincial Science: Themes in the Setting and Reception of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in Britain and Ireland, 1831– c.1939

Withers, Charles, Higgitt, Rebekah F., Finnegan, Diarmid (2008) Historical Geographies of Provincial Science: Themes in the Setting and Reception of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in Britain and Ireland, 1831– c.1939. British Journal for the History of Science, 41 (03). pp. 385-415. ISSN 1474-001X. (doi:10.1017/S0007087408000848) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The British Association for the Advancement of Science sought to promote the understanding of science in various ways, principally by having annual meetings in different towns and cities throughout Britain and Ireland (and, from 1884, in Canada, South Africa and Australia). This paper considers how far the location of its meetings in different urban settings influenced the nature and reception of the association's activities in promoting science, from its foundation in 1831 to the later 1930s. Several themes concerning the production and reception of science – promoting, practising, writing and receiving – are examined in different urban contexts. We consider the ways in which towns were promoted as venues for and centres of science. We consider the role of local field sites, leading local practitioners and provincial institutions for science in attracting the association to different urban locations. The paper pays attention to excursions and to the evolution and content of the BAAS meeting handbook as a ‘geographical’ guide to the significance of the regional setting and to appropriate scientific venues. The paper considers the reception of BAAS meetings and explores how far the association's intentions for the promotion of science varied by location and by section within the BAAS. In examining these themes – the geographical setting of the association's meetings, the reception of association science in local civic and intellectual context and the importance of place to an understanding of what the BAAS did and how it was received – the paper extends existing knowledge of the association and contributes to recent work within the history of science which has emphasized the ‘local’ nature of science's making and reception and the mobility of scientific knowledge.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S0007087408000848
Additional information: questionable eprint id: 32122; number of additional authors: 2;
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History
D History General and Old World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Faculties > Humanities > School of History > Centre for the History of the Sciences
Depositing User: Stewart Brownrigg
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:29 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/40725 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Higgitt, Rebekah F.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9387-4150
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