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The Science Museum - Tell us about your working ancestors

Can you help us please?
Here at London’s Science Museum, we are seeking your ancestral stories to help us develop an exhibition exploring the relevance of our collections to family historians.

One part will focus on a number of different trades and professions. Do you have an ancestor story to tell that relates to one of the areas to be included? We’d like to feature one for each of the trades we cover.

This part of the display will be a ‘co-creation’, with our collaborators – that’s you – playing a big part in developing the content of the display.

This would mean bringing to the display personal objects, images and anecdotes relating to your ancestor and their work to really bring their story to life. It would also mean contributing label text and perhaps helping select relevant objects from our collections. It is likely to involve at least one trip into London plus correspondence.

The trades and professions under consideration are:

  • Scientists and research workers – perhaps a leading scientist or a humble lab employee.
  • Communications workers – maybe a telegraphist, cable layer, messenger boy or postal worker etc.
  • Medical workers – be they nurse, surgeon, midwife or hospital porter
  • Miners – Digging out coal or minerals.
  • Manufacturing workers – skilled craftsmen or factory mass production line?
  • Textile workers – from the industrialised cotton mills to home-based dressmaking.
  • Domestic servants – did they have to come to grips with the new ‘labour saving’ technologies?
  • Transport workers – on water, on land and perhaps even the early days of air.
  • Agriculture and food production workers – on the land or in the factory.

If you think you have an ancestor story that could be displayed please contact us at publichistory@sciencemuseum.org.uk with details about your ancestor, an anecdote or two about them and info on the object and any images you would be able to lend us.

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