Posts by Harriet Gaston

The Hunterian hosts UNIVERSEUM 2018

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A staff post by Dr Maria Economou, Senior Lecturer in Museum Studies at The Hunterian. The Hunterian has hosted the most successful Universeum Network Meeting to date, at Kelvin Hall on 13 – 15 June 2018. Universeum is the European Academic Heritage Network, bringing together the continent’s university museums. It is concerned with academic heritage in… Continue reading

The Hunterian Associates Programme: What I Have Learned

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A student post from Charlotte Orr, PhD candidate in Medical Humanities at the University of Glasgow. Participating in bespoke training; embarking on research related to (and completely unrelated to!) my PhD; engaging diverse audiences at prestigious public events: these are a few features of The Hunterian Associates Programme (HAP) that convinced me to apply. Building… Continue reading

Age of Empire: The Coats Collection of Military Medals

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A staff post by Jesper Ericsson, Curatorial Assistant: Coin Room at The Hunterian. A leading Scottish industrialist of his day, Thomas Coats (1809 – 1883) made the Ferguslie Thread Works in Paisley world famous. He was also a great collector. Between 1871 and 1882, Coats amassed a significant number of coins, tokens, badges, historical medals… Continue reading

Brennan Artefacts at The Hunterian

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A guest post by Tania Konn-Roberts, Honorary Research Fellow (formerly Head of Russian and East European Collections), University of Glasgow. Hugh George Brennan, Glasgow University’s first lecturer in Russian, had lived and worked in Russia for many years prior to arriving in Glasgow with his Russian wife in 1917. When she died in Glasgow in 1942… Continue reading

Working in Collections Management: Exhibition Installation

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A staff post by Nicola Scott, Collections Management Assistant at The Hunterian. The Hunterian has an abundance of displays and sites to explore; from the Zoology Museum in the Graham Kerr Building to the newest edition of the Orientation Space at Kelvin Hall. There is, however, another, lesser known Hunterian exhibition space. Seventy miles away… Continue reading

Jacobite Era Coins and Medals in The Hunterian Collection

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A student post by Bethany Sanderson, Hunterian Placement Student (Memorialising Scottish Culture and Literature). The Hunterian’s coin collection is one of the most thorough in its narrative of Scottish history. Approximately 70,000 coins and medals are kept here, containing some of the most well known figures of Scottish culture and history, including Robert Burns and… Continue reading

Memorialising Burns: The Statue Medals

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A student post by Fraser Caldwell, Hunterian Placement Student (Memorialising Scottish Culture and Literature). Since his death in 1796, Robert Burns has been memorialised in a wide variety of medals across the centuries, with the earliest dated to 1801.i During the late 19th century, ‘several medals were struck to celebrate the unveiling of statues of… Continue reading

Winter Festivals Interning

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A student post by Lindsay Middleton, Collections Engagement Intern, The Hunterian.  Before the Scottish Fantasy Night at the Museum event, student volunteers were given the opportunity to indicate what areas we were particularly interested in helping out with. I immediately put myself down to help at the Special Collections table. Several library visits over the course of… Continue reading