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.

16-379-first-minister-opening-kelvin-hall-0585After unveiling a plaque to commemorate the £35 million refurbishment, she was given a tour of the building which included our new study and storage facilities.

Here she was welcomed by our Director, Professor David Gaimster, met students and members of Hunterian staff in our new teaching spaces and had the opportunity to view a range items from our collections now located at Kelvin Hall.

These included the Victoria Cross awarded to Corporal J L Dawson in 1915, several trays of insects, stone figures of Buddha from Burma and examples of naturalistic taxidermy including a selection of bird mounts.

16-379-first-minister-opening-kelvin-hall-0617The First Minster also had the chance to view the original architectural plans for the Glasgow School of Art by Scottish architect, artist and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh and a new Hunterian acquisition – an oil painting by Glasgow Boy Edward Atkinson Hornel titled At the Bath, Ceylon.

It was a very special morning for us here at The Hunterian and a great chance to show off our wonderful new spaces and the work that we do. We were very pleased to meet the First Minister and hope that she will come back soon.

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