Monthly Archives: August 2020

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

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