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Fireside Chat ‘Why we collect – A brief history of the Bakken Museum’s collection of electro-medical devices’
February 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm GMT
Presented by Adrian Fischer, USA
This presentation will look at the historical developments and changes within the Bakken Museum’s collections, with a special focus on electro-medical devices which represent the majority of the artefact collection. Started primarily as a research collection in the 1960s, the use and scope changed over time while the institution grew into a museum proper. What does that mean for collections, what challenges does it pose, and how can we make sure they continue to be relevant to the collecting institution as well as the public? This talk certainly does not have all the answers, but I will try to explore some potential directions.
Adrian Fischer is the curator of exhibits and collections at the Bakken Museum. He received his MA in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from the University of Minnesota and his MS in Meteorology from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. He has been involved in a wide variety of projects related to the history of Medical Alley, ethics in science, and creating opportunities for deep discussion on science and technology in society.