Posts by Harriet Gaston

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

Reception marks Drever Scholarship and donation to The Hunterian

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A staff post by Dr Nicky Reeves, Curator of Scientific Instruments at The Hunterian. On Monday, February 12, 2018 The Hunterian was delighted to attend a reception hosted by The Principal to acknowledge the bequest to the School of Physics and Astronomy of £500,000 from the estate of Professor Ronald Drever to fund a scholarship… Continue reading

Showcasing EMOTIVE storytelling about Romans at the Antonine Wall at European Researchers’ Night – Explorathon 2017

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A staff post by Dr Maria Economou and Hilary Young from the University of Glasgow EMOTIVE team. European Researchers’ Night, or Explorathon as it is known across Scotland, has become an established event in researchers’ public engagement calendar going from strength to strength across Europe since 2005 when it started, and since 2014 in Scotland.… Continue reading