Skip to main content
You are here:

Museums and Industry: Long Histories of Collaboration

Museums and Industry: Long Histories of Collaboration (MaILHoC) is a two-year research project that will examine the changing relationships between STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) museums and industrial patronage, through both historical and contemporary lenses.

It consists of a consortium of researchers and collaborators from museums, universities, and publishers in Spain, France, Norway, and the UK.


MaILHoC aims to explore how collaborations between museums and industry have led to the creation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) heritage at different sites, including museums, expos and science centres, in the UK, France and Spain. It will consider how the relationship between science heritage and its industrial patrons has been viewed both within institutions and in the public sphere.

The project will both generate new understandings of STEM museums and patronage and build our social capabilities for a better informed and more participative deliberation of these relationships moving forward.

A range of interdisciplinary research outputs will be created by the project, which will be shared through both scholarly and public channels.

Over the course of the project, we will create forums for reflection, debate and discussion, if you would like to get involved, please get in touch.

Project team


  • Dr Scott Anthony, Deputy Head of Research at the Science Museum Group


  • Dr Carlos Tabernero, Associate Professor at the Institut d’Història de la Ciència (Institute for the History of Science), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Dr Alice Byrne, Lecturer in British Studies, Aix-Marseille Université


  • Harry Parker (Science Museum)
  • Dr Emily Rees (Science Museum)
  • Dr Thomas Mougey (Aix-Marseille Université)

Project partners


  • Norsk Teknisk Museum (The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology)
  • Demos
  • University of London Press


  • Dr John Owens, Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy, King’s College London


MaILHoC is funded by the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPI CH).

Cultural Heritage and Global Change logo


Please email