Annotated list of key publications
Knell, S.J. 2014 (in press) 'The gift of historical consciousness: museums, art and poverty', in Viviane Gosselin and Phaedra Livingstone (eds) Museums as Sites of Historical Consciousness, University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver. [A study of social boundaries in Vancouver and the transgressions of museums and artists]
Eunamus. 2012. National Museums Making Histories in a Diverse Europe, Linkoping University Press, Linkoping. [The concluding dissemination report of the Eunamus investigation. I was the principal author, photographer and the editor - available free online].
Knell, S.J. 2012. The Great Fossil Enigma: The Search for the Conodont Animal, Indiana University Press, Bloomington. [A study of the research culture that emerged around one of science's greatest enigmas. It considers the role of intangible fossils in the production of scientific belief and understanding.]
Knell, S.J. 2012. 'The intangibility of things', in S. Dudley (ed.) Museum Objects, Routledge, London, 324-35. [An interdisciplinary reworking of the concluding chapter to The Great Fossil Enigma taking examples from art, science and history. It discusses the possibility of objects possessing an intangible twin]
Knell, S.J. and others 2012. Crossing Borders: Connecting European Identities in Museums and Online, Linkoping University Press, Linkoping. [Results of Eunamus investigations looking at the language of art, regionalism and online museum-like spaces - available free online]
Knell, S.J. 2010. 'National museums and the national imagination', in Knell et al. (eds) National Museums: New Studies from around the World, Routledge, London. [A probing of how the national imagination is curated in national museums and its relationship to the exterior world]
Knell, S.J. 2008. 'The road to Smith: How the Geological Society came to possess English geology', in Lewis, C. & Knell, S.J. (eds.) The Making of the Geological Society of London, Geological Society, London. [A long, rich and complex sociological study of the invention of 'English geology' and the reception of 'The Father of English Geology', William Smith. Through the courtesy of the Geological Society of London, available for free download].
Knell, S.J. 2007. 'Museums, fossils and the cultural revolution of science: mapping change in the politics of knowledge in early nineteenth-century Britain' in Knell, S.J., MacLeod, S. and Watson, S. (eds). Museum Revolutions: How Museums Change and Are Changed, Routledge, London. [An exploration of how the study of material culture permits the detection of disciplinarity and institutional change]
Knell, S.J. (ed.) 2007. Museums in the Material World, Leicester Readers in Museum Studies, Routledge, London, including the essay, 'Museums, reality and the material world'. [This book has an overall narrative which starts by demonstrating the empirical value of museums shared by all disciplines, before looking at cultural politics, social worlds and loss].
Knell, S.J. 2007. 'The sustainability of geological mapmaking: the case of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, Earth Sciences History, 26(1), 13-29.
Knell, S.J. and Taylor, M.A. 2006 . 'Hugh Miller: fossils, landscape and literary geology', Proceedings of the Geologists Association, 117, 85-98. [Hugh Miller is a Scottish literary icon, and was fabulous travel writer, newspaper editor, and 'amateur' geologist. He existed in the cultural and political field that surrounded geology from its beginnings.]
Knell, S.J. (ed.) 2004. Museums and the Future of Collecting, Ashgate, Aldershot, Second Edition, 266pp including new introductory chapter 'Altered values: searching for a new collecting'. [Reflections on why museums collect, what they collect and what they might collect instead]
Knell, S.J. 2004 (1997). ‘Brighton, Albert George (1900-1988)’, New DNB.
Knell, S.J. 2003. 'The shape of things to come: museums in the technological landscape', Museum and Society, 1(3). Versions also published as 'Future museums: a European perspective' in Huang, K. (ed.) Crisis and Opportunity: Museums in the New Century, National Museum of History, Taipei, 24-51, and in a shortened version for M Museos de México y del Mundo, 1(2), 18-27. [A reflection on the technocrat's imaginings of museum futures]
Knell, S.J. and Taylor, M.A. 2003. 'Hugh Miller, fossil discoverer and collector', in Borley, L. (ed.) Celebrating the Life and Times of Hugh Miller: Scotland in the Early 19th Century. Ethnography and Folklore, Geology and Natural History, Church and Society, Cromarty Arts Trust, Edinburgh, UK.
Knell, S.J. 2002. ‘Collecting, conservation and conservatism: late twentieth century developments in the culture of British geology’, in Oldroyd, D.R. (ed.), The Earth Inside and Out: Some Major Contributions to Geology in the Twentieth Century, Geological Society, London, 329-351. ISBN 1-86239-096-7. [A study of the politics of conservation as Britain moved from the 1970s into the 1980s]
Lewis, C. & Knell, S.J. (eds) 2001. The Age of the Earth: From 4004BC to AD2002, Geological Society, London, including introductory chapter by Knell and Lewis, 'Celebrating the age of the Earth'.
Knell, S.J. 2000. The Culture of English Geology, 1815-1851: A Science Revealed Through its Collecting, Ashgate, 377pp. ISBN 1-84014-625-7. [A book about the political origins of museums and geology in Britain that pioneered a high-resolution cultural approach to the study of the science]
Knell, S.J. 2000. ‘Museums and geology’, in Hancock, P.L. (ed.) Oxford Companion to the Earth, Oxford UP.
Knell, S.J. (ed.) 1999. Museums and the Future of Collecting, Ashgate, Aldershot, First Edition, which includes the essay, 'What future collecting?'. ISBN 0-7546-0000-9.
Knell, S.J. 1999. ‘From here to eternity? Creating a future for museum collecting’, in Ku, Ping-Hsing, (ed.) Proceedings of the International Academic Conference a Prospect to the Twenty-first Century Visual Art, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei.
Knell, S.J. 1996. ‘What is important?’, in Pettitt, C.W. & Nudds, J.R. (eds) The Value and Valuation of Natural Science Collections, Geological Society, London, 11-16.
Knell, S.J. 1996. ‘The roller-coaster of museum geology’, in Pearce, S.M. (ed.) Exploring Science in Museums, New Research in Museum Studies, Athlone, 29-56. ISBN 0-4859-000-68
Wyse-Jackson, P. & Knell, S.J. (eds.) 1994 Museums and Fossil Excavation, Geological Curator, 6(2), Thematic Issue, including the essays, ‘Collecting and excavation in palaeontology’ and ‘Palaeontological excavation: historical perspectives’
Knell, S.J. (ed.) 1994. Care of Collections, Routledge, London, 250pp. ISBN 0-415-11285-0.
Knell, S.J. (ed.) 1994. A Bibliography of Museum Studies, Scolar Press, Aldershot, Brookfield, Singapore and Sydney 240pp.
Knell, S.J. 1992. ‘The Local Geologist 10: Saying it with rocks’, Geology Today, 8, 224-228.
Knell, S.J. & Collins, C.J. 1992. ‘The Local Geologist 7: Extinct again!’, Geology Today, 8, 62-65.
Knell, S.J. & Taylor, M.A. 1989. Geology and the Local Museum, HMSO, 150pp.
Knell, S.J. & Taylor, M.A. 1991. ‘Museums on the rocks’. Museums Journal, 91(1), 23-25.
Knell, S.J. 1991. ‘The Local Geologist 5: The most important fossil in the world’, Geology Today, 7, 221-224.
Knell, S.J. 1991. ‘The Local Geologist 3: The responsible collector’, Geology Today, 7, 106-110.
Knell, S.J. 1991. ‘The Local Geologist 2: Making rock records’, Geology Today, 7, 62-66.
Knell, S.J. 1990. ‘The end for the Frodingham Ironstone?’ Geology Today, 6, 125-128.
Knell, S.J. 1988. The Natural History of the Frodingham Ironstone, Scunthorpe Museum and Art Gallery, 24pp.
Gill, M.A.V. & Knell, S.J. 1988. ‘Tunbridge Wells Museum: Geology and George Abbott (1844-1925)’, The Geological Curator, 5, 3-16.
Knell, S.J. 1987. ‘Geology Curators get on their Bikes’, Geology Today, 3, 136-138.