The project is currently on hiatus. The project has continuously expanded, becoming ever more ambitious, and when we finally go ahead with the museum we want to make sure it does everything we want it to do. As it stands we have found that we’re all a bit overwhelmed with work and life, and as such have decided to focus all our attention on the sister project “Solving Science”, which we hope to later integrate into the museum as a whole. For more information on solving science, check out those pages at solvingscience.org or our blog update.
If you want to get involved, or have any questions about the museum, please do get in contact with us. The more volunteers we have the sooner we can get the project restarted!
Welcome to the Digital Museum
We here at the museum are all about the scientists that make science possible. Who are they really? What do they do, and how do they do it? To be sure, we care about the Einstein’s and Curie’s, but we also care about the unknown lab techs sitting in their side offices, and the uncountably many data-crunching students testing yet another hypothesis. You see, we think the story of science that is currently told makes it out to be a simple case of big-name makes big-discovery. We think that this is, to put it bluntly, both wrong and a bit dull and we aim to change that. Science is messy, science is complex, and, ultimately, science is human. We think that’s wonderful.
Our museum is entirely digital. This means that our collections, events, and exhibitions are entirely online – we have no physical location. Aside from this one significant different difference, we share the same objectives as any physical museum: to collect and conserve, to educate and inform, to support research, and to create a community of visitors.
Currently the Museum of the Scientist is still in the early stages of development. It’s a big project, and we want to do it right. As a non-profit project currently entirely run by volunteers, progress will, for the time being at least, be stop-and-start depending on how much time we all have. That being said, our exhibitions are underway and we are in the process of developing our first exhibitions. We hope that by the end of 2021 the museum will open its doors and have made headway in growing its collections.
We consider a museum to be a public service, and an essential one at that. A good museum should be open, welcoming, and accessible. We recognise that many groups have historically been excluded from museums on the basis of various factors, including economic status, race, sexual orientation, gender, and disability. Your museum is committed to actively combating prejudice of any kind, and to the creation of a safe and welcoming environment for all persons.
“Nobody ever flunked a science museum.”
– Frank Oppenheimer
While the Museum is digital, and our volunteers can come from any part of the globe, we are officially based in the United Kingdom. As part of the project, we are developing our governance documentation to fit with the national standards of museums within UK, and international organisations such as ICOM. In the long term, we aim to register as a charity within the UK using the Association Model.
A large part of this involves treading new ground: there are very few “digital” or “virtual” museums currently in existence, with the majority acting as virtual arms of their physical counterparts. Our hope is that as part of the development of the Museum of the Scientist we can explore the various policy issues, and start to consider the unique ethical and legislative challenges such museums face, regardless of their content.