A changing society, a changing university, a changing university museum

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A staff post from Steph Scholten, Director of The Hunterian. The Hunterian is the oldest public museum in Scotland (1807), in one of the oldest Scottish universities (1451). It is deeply rooted in Scotland’s complex history which has led to multiple inequalities and prejudices that persist today, perhaps most notably in relation to race. Recent global and local events have emphasised once more the necessity… Continue reading

Hunterian #MuseumFromHome – Antonine Wall

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A student post by Julian Quinault, Hunterian MuSE guide. Welcome, my name is Julian. I am a MuSE (Museum Student Educator) at The Hunterian, and I’d like to talk you through some of the Museum’s amazing highlights from the Antonine Wall. The Antonine Wall runs across Scotland just north of Glasgow, from the Firth of Clyde to the Forth. Construction of the Wall started… Continue reading

James Watt, Slavery and Statues

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A staff post from Dr Nicky Reeves, Curator of Scientific and Medical History Collections, The Hunterian. On the afternoon of Sunday, June 07 2020, a statue in Bristol of slave trader Edward Colston was dramatically toppled. One of the many accomplishments of this action, and others, was an increase in public discussion of statues, their history, and their function. A statue of Scottish engineer James… Continue reading

The most common object in the History of Science collection: thermionic valves

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A staff post by Dr Nicky Reeves, Curator of Scientific and Medical History Collections at The Hunterian. In terms of frequency or number of examples, thermionic valves are by far the most common type of object within The Hunterian’s History of Science collection. There are 147 thermionic valves listed in our catalogue, but we know… Continue reading

Be Part of a Poem

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A staff post by Eleanor Capaldi, LGBTQ+ Project Assistant at The Hunterian. We are celebrating the centenary of Scotland’s first Makar, Edwin Morgan, and would like you to be a part of it. A prolific poet, Morgan had a long connection with the University of Glasgow, as both student and lecturer. As well as being a writer he held an appreciation for art, collecting, amongst others, portraits and landscapes by… Continue reading

956 Objects, 12 Weeks: The Stockman Materia Medica Collection Research Placement

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A student post by Rachel McClure, MSc Museum Studies student. Over summer 2019, I undertook a research placement at the Hunterian Zoology Museum. I was working under zoology curator Maggie Reilly to research and develop an exhibition on the Stockman Materia Medica Collection. Ralph Stockman was Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics at the University… Continue reading