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Meeting places: the scientific congress and the host town in the south-west of England, 1836-1877

Louise Miskell Orcid Logo

Urban History, Volume: 39, Issue: 2, Pages: 246 - 262

Swansea University Author: Louise Miskell Orcid Logo

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This article presents a case study of ‘parliaments of science’ and their impact on urbanization in the south-west of England in the second half of the nineteenth century. These were the week-long annual meetings of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and other national association...

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Published in: Urban History
ISSN: 0963-9268
Published: Cambridge University Press 2012
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa11492
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Abstract: This article presents a case study of ‘parliaments of science’ and their impact on urbanization in the south-west of England in the second half of the nineteenth century. These were the week-long annual meetings of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and other national associations for different branches of knowledge which became a much publicised feature of the social and intellectual calendar of Victorian Britain. It is argued that these events were used by towns and cities to assert their status and reputation and to compete with rival urban centres, and it is contended that they should be viewed, along with other cultural initiatives as an important instrument in the shaping of urban and civic identity in mid-Victorian Britain. The study demonstrates the role of towns as scientific locations in the nineteenth century and suggests that they deserve attention in place-centred studies of Victorian science.
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Issue: 2
Start Page: 246
End Page: 262