Peter Anderson, known to many in the science museum field, died October 15 near his home in Victoria, BC. A member of ExhibitFiles, Peter was author of the 1991 book Before the Blueprint, which offered guidance to science center planners during a time of peak growth. The book drew on his own extensive experience with museum start-ups and expansions, from Amsterdam to San Jose, Pittsburgh to Glasgow.
Peter was also instrumental in the Museum Impact and Evaluation Study, which resulted in a three-volume report published in 1993 on “Roles of Affect in the Museum Visit and Ways of Assessing Them.” The study group was interested in relationships repeat visitors form with what they called “icon exhibits,” like the Buhl Planetarium’s railroad layout and the Museum of Science and Industry’s Coal Mine.
Many of us also will remember Peter for his contributions in recent years to discussions on ISEN-ASTC-L, the Informal Science Education listserv, and his warm presence at ASTC and Ecsite conferences. He will be missed.