Dr Nicky Reeves

  • Curator of Scientific and Medical History Collections (Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery)

telephone: (0141) 330 2131
email: Nicky.Reeves@glasgow.ac.uk

The Hunterian, Level 2, Kelvin Hall, 1445 Argyle Street, G3 8AW

Biography

Nicky joined The Hunterian in 2014 to take up a newly-created position with responsibility for the large collection of historic scientific and medical instruments which document the history of research and teaching at the University of Glasgow. Prior to joining The Hunterian Nicky held teaching and research positions in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.

Nicky's principal focus is on documenting the collection, including identifying, photographing and appraising previously un-catalogued material. Working with Collections Management team colleagues, the packing and movement of material from remote and inaccessible stores to The Hunterian's new Collections Study Centre at Kelvin Hall continues to be a major project. Whilst much of the 19th century (and the small number of older) instruments material is comparatively well catalogued, The Hunterian's holdings of 20th-century material, particularly from the second half of that century, require a lot of work.

The question of what to collect, and what to not collect, is critical to Nicky's ongoing engagement with this material: is it possible to collect, document and display the material culture of contemporary scientific practice in the same way that earlier scientific practice has been treated, or are new forms of collection required? What silences and absences are there in the material records held and displayed in museums? How can they be remedied?

Research interests

Collections

Scientific and Medical History Collections

Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2021 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2015 | 2014 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009
Number of items: 11.

2021

Reeves, N. (2021) Einblick ins Depot – Einblick in die Museumsarbeit. Kultur und Gespenster, 21, pp. 220-233.

2019

Reeves, N. (2019) Model Newcomen engine. In: Dick, M. and Croft, K. (eds.) The Power to Change the World: James Watt (1736-1819): A Life in 50 Objects. West Midlands History Limited: Alcester, Warwickshire, UK, pp. 35-36. ISBN 9781905036561

2018

Reeves, N. (2018) Visible storage, visible labour? In: Brusius, M. and Singh, K. (eds.) Museum Storage and Meaning: Tales from the Crypt. Series: Routledge research in museum studies (14). Routledge, pp. 55-63. ISBN 9781138065970 (doi:10.4324/9781315159393-3)

2017

Reeves, N. (2017) What drives the demand for rhino horns? Guardian, 3 Mar.

2015

Reeves, N. (2015) Richard Sorrenson. Perfect Mechanics: Instrument Makers at the Royal Society of London in the Eighteenth Century. ix + 240 pp., illus., tables, apps., bibl., index. Boston: Docent Press, 2013. $17.99 (paper). Isis, 106(4), pp. 927-929. (doi: 10.1086/684733)[Book Review]

Reeves, N. (2015) On visible storage. Neues Museum: Die österreichische Museumszeitschrift, 15(4), pp. 8-13.

2014

Reeves, N. (2014) Maskelyne the manager. In: Higgitt, R. (ed.) Maskelyne: Astronomer Royal. Robert Hale: London, pp. 97-123. ISBN 9780719809125

Reeves, N. (2014) Stephen J. Hornsby. Surveyors of Empire: Samuel Holland, J. F. W. Des Barres, and the Making of “The Atlantic Neptune.” xvii + 269 pp., illus., apps., bibl., index. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2012. $39.95 (paper). Isis, 105(1), p. 220. (doi: 10.1086/676774)[Book Review]

2011

Reeves, N. (2011) The Greenwich Sextants in Context. Sextants at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Mariner’s Quadrants, Mariner’s Astro-labes, Cross-staffs, Backstaffs, Octants, Sextants, Quintants, Reflecting Circles, and Artificial Horizons in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Journal for the History of Astronomy, 42(2), pp. 269-271. (doi: 10.1177/002182861104200212)[Book Review]

2010

Reeves, N. (2010) Bill Bryson (ed.) Seeing Further: The Story of Science & The Royal Society, HarperPress, 2010, ISBN-13: 978-0007302567, 496 pages, £25. Viewpoint, 93, p. 8. [Book Review]

2009

Reeves, N. (2009) "To demonstrate the exactness of the instrument": mountainside trials of precision in Scotland, 1774. Science in Context, 22(3), pp. 323-340. (doi: 10.1017/S0269889709990032)

This list was generated on Wed Oct 20 05:35:47 2021 BST.
Number of items: 11.

Articles

Reeves, N. (2021) Einblick ins Depot – Einblick in die Museumsarbeit. Kultur und Gespenster, 21, pp. 220-233.

Reeves, N. (2017) What drives the demand for rhino horns? Guardian, 3 Mar.

Reeves, N. (2015) On visible storage. Neues Museum: Die österreichische Museumszeitschrift, 15(4), pp. 8-13.

Reeves, N. (2009) "To demonstrate the exactness of the instrument": mountainside trials of precision in Scotland, 1774. Science in Context, 22(3), pp. 323-340. (doi: 10.1017/S0269889709990032)

Book Sections

Reeves, N. (2019) Model Newcomen engine. In: Dick, M. and Croft, K. (eds.) The Power to Change the World: James Watt (1736-1819): A Life in 50 Objects. West Midlands History Limited: Alcester, Warwickshire, UK, pp. 35-36. ISBN 9781905036561

Reeves, N. (2018) Visible storage, visible labour? In: Brusius, M. and Singh, K. (eds.) Museum Storage and Meaning: Tales from the Crypt. Series: Routledge research in museum studies (14). Routledge, pp. 55-63. ISBN 9781138065970 (doi:10.4324/9781315159393-3)

Reeves, N. (2014) Maskelyne the manager. In: Higgitt, R. (ed.) Maskelyne: Astronomer Royal. Robert Hale: London, pp. 97-123. ISBN 9780719809125

Book Reviews

Reeves, N. (2015) Richard Sorrenson. Perfect Mechanics: Instrument Makers at the Royal Society of London in the Eighteenth Century. ix + 240 pp., illus., tables, apps., bibl., index. Boston: Docent Press, 2013. $17.99 (paper). Isis, 106(4), pp. 927-929. (doi: 10.1086/684733)[Book Review]

Reeves, N. (2014) Stephen J. Hornsby. Surveyors of Empire: Samuel Holland, J. F. W. Des Barres, and the Making of “The Atlantic Neptune.” xvii + 269 pp., illus., apps., bibl., index. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2012. $39.95 (paper). Isis, 105(1), p. 220. (doi: 10.1086/676774)[Book Review]

Reeves, N. (2011) The Greenwich Sextants in Context. Sextants at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Mariner’s Quadrants, Mariner’s Astro-labes, Cross-staffs, Backstaffs, Octants, Sextants, Quintants, Reflecting Circles, and Artificial Horizons in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Journal for the History of Astronomy, 42(2), pp. 269-271. (doi: 10.1177/002182861104200212)[Book Review]

Reeves, N. (2010) Bill Bryson (ed.) Seeing Further: The Story of Science & The Royal Society, HarperPress, 2010, ISBN-13: 978-0007302567, 496 pages, £25. Viewpoint, 93, p. 8. [Book Review]

This list was generated on Wed Oct 20 05:35:47 2021 BST.

Supervision

  • Sefton, Thomas
    Considering the life and work of Lord Kelvin from the perspective of the history of the earth sciences

Teaching

Nicky actively contributes to teaching across the University, including supervising PhD students, and convening a 20-credit course entitled Curating the Sciences on the Museum Studies MSc run by Information Studies.