‘A Chamber of Noise Horrors’: sound, technology and the museum

March 15th, 2017 | RESEARCH

This article examines the 1935 Science Museum temporary exhibition on Noise Abatement, situating it in the sound historical context of inter-war Britain, and making an argument that the ‘way of hearing’ it advanced was part of an attempt to shape auditory perception in the interests of a class-bound culture of acoustic civilization. Further, the article uses this exhibition to mount an argument that museum scholars should consider sound not simply as a medium of engagement, but also as a politically interested and socially active field.


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James Mansell, Author, University of Nottingham


Identifier Type: ISSN
Identifier: 2054-5770
Identifier Type: DOI
Identifier: 10.15180/170704/005

Publication: Science Museum Group Journal
Volume: 7

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Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: History | policy | law | Physics | Technology
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits