Simon Knell. 2021 (published September 2020). The Museum’s Borders: On the Challenge of Knowing and Remembering Well,Routledge, London. [An exploration of how museums construct knowledge and memory that concludes with a detailed discussion of ‘contemporary museology].
Simon Knell. 2019 (released Sept 2018). ‘The museum in the global contemporary’ and ‘Modernisms: curating art’s past in the global present’, in Simon Knell (ed.), The Contemporary Museum: Shaping Museums for the Global Now, Routledge, London, 1-10 and 13-36. [The first paper introduces the ‘global contemporary’ as a Zeitgeist and the ‘contemporary museum’ as an orientation to it. The second paper discusses the implications of the global contemporary for the interpretation of the history of modern art in general, in museums and in countries at the margin]
Simon J. Knell. 2016. National Galleries: The Art of Making Nations, Routledge, London. [A global study of national galleries (or national museums of fine art) and of the role of these institutions in the construction of national art and nations]
Simon J. Knell. 2016. ‘The gift of historical consciousness: museums, art and poverty’, in Viviane Gosselin and Phaedra Livingstone (eds) Museums and the Past: Constructing Historical Consciousness, University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver. [A study of social boundaries in Vancouver and the transgressions of museums and artists]
Peter Aronsson and Simon Knell (eds) (for the Eunamus partnership). 2012. National Museums Making Histories in a Diverse Europe, Linkoping University Press, Linkoping. [The concluding dissemination report of the Eunamus investigation – available free online].
Simon Knell. 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.]
Simon J. Knell. 2008. ‘The road to Smith: How the Geological Society came to possess English geology’, in Cherry Lewis & Simon Knell (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].
Simon J. Knell. 2007. ‘Museums, fossils and the cultural revolution of science: mapping change in the politics of knowledge in early nineteenth-century Britain’ in Simon Knell, Suzanne MacLeod and Sheila Watson (eds), Museum Revolutions: How Museums Change and Are Changed, Routledge, London. [An exploration of how institutions and disciplinary cultures change, and how that change can be revealed through studies of material culture]
Simon J. Knell. 2007. ‘The sustainability of geological mapmaking: the case of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, Earth Sciences History, 26(1), 13-29. [A short history of the political context of science]
Simon J. Knell and Michael A. Taylor. 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. This paper looks at is complexity]
Simon J. Knell. 2004 (1997). ‘Brighton, Albert George (1900-1988)’, New DNB.
Simon J. Knell, S.J. and Michael A. Taylor. 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.
Simon J. Knell. 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]
Cherry Lewis & Simon J. Knell, (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’. [A celebratory history]
Simon J. Knell. 2000. The Culture of English Geology, 1815-1851: A Science Revealed Through its Collecting, Ashgate, 377pp. ISBN 1-84014-625-7. [A monograph on the political origins of museums and geology in Britain that offered historians of science a new way to investigate their subject]
Simon J. Knell. 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. [Explains that recent concern about the state of collections and public understanding represents a phase in the episodic support for museums and science].
Patrick Wyse-Jackson & Simon J. Knell, (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’
M.A.V. Gill & Simon J. Knell. 1988. ‘Tunbridge Wells Museum: Geology and George Abbott (1844-1925)’, The Geological Curator, 5, 3-16.