Posts by Harriet Gaston

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

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

The ‘Anarchy’ of Stephen’s Reign and Scotland

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A guest post by Dr Steve Marritt, Lecturer in History, University of Glasgow.  Stephen’s reign saw the first Scottish coins, after King David I seized silver mines at Alston in Cumbria. Stephen had close ties to Holy Trinity Priory London, the cartulary of which is held by our Library’s Special Collections and which was founded… Continue reading

The Hunterian and Stephen’s Reign: The Cartulary of Holy Trinity Priory London

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A guest post by Dr Steve Marritt, Lecturer in History, University of Glasgow. Hunter’s Coin Cabinet contains the most important evidence we have here at the University for the civil war of Stephen’s reign, but Hunter didn’t just collect coins. His manuscript collection, now held by our Library’s Special Collections includes the decorated cartulary of… Continue reading

Auditing The Hunterian Collections

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A student post by Catherine Alameddin, Museum Studies (MSc) programme, University of Glasgow. My name is Catherine, and this summer I completed a project with The Hunterian, as part of my Masters programme in Museum Studies at the University of Glasgow, which culminated in a dissertation level report of my process and findings.  The procedure… Continue reading