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PhD Title: Collecting Personal and Household Technology in Post-War British Museums

I began my studies at York in 2010 with an undergraduate degree in History, before pursuing an MA in Cultural Heritage Management. I was able to develop my understanding of how societies consciously and unconsciously understand their material worlds, which led me to my current doctoral thesis work. I am researching how museums, predominantly science museums, responded to the diversification and proliferation of personal and household technologies, particularly in relation to shifting expectations of how institutions should relate to the general public. With innumerable companies mass producing endless models of standard products, how museums have identified which types and models add value to their collections and in what way will signify how museums related to contemporary materialities and perceived their own role. By exploring these themes through collections management practices rather than museums’ public faces, I hope to gain an alternative perspective on the guiding values and priorities of museums.