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Preserving Nature: Domestic Thrift and Techniques of Conservation in Early Modern England

Werrett, S; (2022) Preserving Nature: Domestic Thrift and Techniques of Conservation in Early Modern England. Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science 10.1098/rsnr.2021.0029. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Against an assumption that conservation practices only became ‘scientific’ in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this essay shows how, on the contrary, preservation techniques in early modern England were an inspiration for new forms of scientific inquiry and knowledge. Following the framework of ‘thrifty science’, the essay demonstrates how the thrifty value of making use and extending the life of goods encouraged a variety of preservation practices, which some scholars identified as valuable resources for a new experimental philosophy. In practice, preserving techniques crossed between domestic, experimental and academic sites. Since ‘thrifty science’ included the preservation of human and non-human ‘bodies’, the essay argues that an appreciation of early modern conservation necessitates an interdisciplinary approach.

Type: Article
Title: Preserving Nature: Domestic Thrift and Techniques of Conservation in Early Modern England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1098/rsnr.2021.0029
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsnr.2021.0029
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Authors. Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10134737
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