Macmillan Brown lecture 1, 2010
Temples to Science: Museums continue to be a burgeoning worldwide phenomenon. They come in a myriad of sizes and guises. Today it seems no community is complete without one or more! But how many of those amongst us who flock to museums in every increasing numbers, both at home and abroad, stop to ask ourselves 'where did this peculiar notion called a museum come from'? Roger Fyfe traces the genesis of the modern museum to some profoundly eighteenth century intellectual vision and values.