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Historians of science have recently recognized the power of museum exhibitions in engaging the public in the production of knowledge. Exhibitions, however, have the potential to do something more. They make political statements; they become sites for the visualization of different social futures.

For example, in 1930 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration assembled a collection of products that illustrated shortcomings in the 1906 Federal Food and Drug Act, which prohibited interstate commerce in adulterated and misbranded food and drugs. The FDA exemplified the state of affairs in the market place with an exhibition entitled "The American Chamber of Horrors," which also included several radium products of the time. The exhibition shocked the public, which played a key role in reshaping drug provisions in the proposed law and in leading to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act on 25 June 1938.

HRP-IAEA aims to reach a wider audience, raise awareness, and elevate radiation protection as a social and public concern. Thus with the support of our strategic partners we will design a traveling museum exhibition on the history of radiation protection by the end of the project.

Photo credit:Musée Curie
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The Musée Curie, situated at Marie Curie's original 1911 laboratory, offers a museographic tour designed around four themes: the family of five Nobel Prizes ; radium ; the Curie laboratory and the Curie cancer care foundation.

Photo credit: ORAU Health Physics Historical Instrumentation Museum Collection
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The purpose of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Health Physics Historical Instrumentation Museum Collection is to chronicle the scientific and commercial history of radioactivity and radiation.  It has been deemed the official repository for historical radiological instruments by the Heath Physics Society, and the Society has been generous in its financial support for the purchase of items. The collection is the property of the not-for-profit ORAU Foundation, and it is located at the  Professional Training Programs (PTP) training facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Dr. Paul Frame has been instrumental in its design and maintenance.

Photo credit: American Institute of Physics
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The Center for History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics supports the efforts of the scholarly community to document, investigate, and understand the nature and origin of developments in modern physics and their impact on society through:

 

 

 

  • Creating online exhibits
  • Providing grants-in-aid to researchers in the history of science
  • Publishing articles and books
  • Conducting surveys and oral history interviews, hosting conferences
  • Participating in national and international conferences and history projects

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