Posts by Harriet Gaston

EMOTIVE Experience Design Workshop – How do museum professionals design new digital experiences for their visitors?

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A staff post from the University of Glasgow EMOTIVE team. If you happened to wander into the Hunterian museum at the University of Glasgow on a snowy Thursday afternoon in late February, you would have been witness to the first EMOTIVE user prototype workshop in action. You would have encountered 30 adults wrestling with bits… Continue reading

Volunteering at Night at the Museum – our Student Interns tell all!

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A student post from Sara McQueen and Liam White. In October 2016, Sara McQueen and Liam White were appointed, via University of Glasgow’s Internship Hub, as Volunteers Coordinators for the The Hunterian’s Night at Museum (NATM) events. Now in their third year, the events continue to grow as more and more people come along to… Continue reading

The first work placements in The Hunterian at Kelvin Hall – Scottish History Honours, Semester 1, 2016/17

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A staff post from Ruth Fletcher, Student Engagement Officer at The Hunterian. As Student Engagement Officer at The Hunterian I am tasked with developing and implementing various ways for University of Glasgow students to incorporate collections and public engagement into their learning, research, and personal development. One key aspect of this work is the arrangement… Continue reading

Alexander Stevens and the First World War

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A staff post from Jesper Ericsson, Curatorial Assistant at The Hunterian. The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition left England in September 1914. By that time, the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) had been bloodied at the Battle of Mons the previous month and forced to retreat south into France thanks to a rapid German advance. The last snippets… Continue reading

Alexander Stevens and James Wordie

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A staff post from Jesper Ericsson, Curatorial Assistant at The Hunterian. As a follow-up to my previous posts about Alexander Stevens and the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914 – 17, there was also another University of Glasgow graduate on the expedition. Alexander Stevens was Chief Scientist and Biologist of the Ross Sea Party; their story has… Continue reading

Alexander Stevens and the Ross Sea Party on Antarctica

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A staff post from Jesper Ericsson, Curatorial Assistant at The Hunterian. The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition was composed of two parties – the Weddell Sea Party led by Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Ross Sea Part led by Aeneas Mackintosh. The Weddell Sea Party sailed on Endurance to the Weddell Sea side of Antarctica. From there, the… Continue reading

Alexander Stevens and the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914 – 17

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A staff post from Jesper Ericsson, Curatorial Assistant at The Hunterian. Whilst working on cataloguing Dr William Hunter’s collection of British historical medals last year, I came across an item in another tray that I had never handled before – a rare, silver Polar Medal. It immediately piqued my interest. Engraved on the rim was: ‘A… Continue reading

First Minister’s Visit – 11 November 2016

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A staff post from Harriet Gaston, Communications Manager at The Hunterian. We were delighted to welcome First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to our new Hunterian Collections Study Centre at Kelvin Hall last week. The First Minister was here to officially open Kelvin Hall at a special ceremony on 11 November. After unveiling a plaque to commemorate… Continue reading