Archaeological Illustration in The Hunterian: Drawing a Small Flint Tool

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A student post from Rosemary Hanson, an archaeology masters student at the University of Glasgow, MSc Material Culture and Artefact Studies. During the first few months of 2020, I undertook a project of archaeological illustration for a number of small stone tools held by the Hunterian Museum as part of a masters degree in Archaeology… Continue reading

Zoology: Digitising the Demonstrations

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A staff post by Maggie Reilly, Curator of Zoology at The Hunterian. Many of us involved in teaching are working flat out to prepare digital versions of practical classes. As everyone knows by now, almost all teaching has moved on-line – certainly lectures, seminars, tutorial groups and so on. Digital teaching presents obvious difficulties for… Continue reading

My first post-Covid 19 visit to The Hunterian: Reflections of a student guide

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A student post from Julian Quinault, Hunterian MuSE guide. Introduction by Hunterian Education Manager, Ruth Fletcher. In March this year, our most recent recruits to the MuSE programme (Museum Student Educators) were just beginning to try out their recently learned tour material.  Some of them had not even given their first tour when lockdown was… Continue reading

Hunterian #MuseumFromHome – Antonine Wall

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A student post by Julian Quinault, Hunterian MuSE guide. Welcome, my name is Julian. I am a MuSE (Museum Student Educator) at The Hunterian, and I’d like to talk you through some of the Museum’s amazing highlights from the Antonine Wall. The Antonine Wall runs across Scotland just north of Glasgow, from the Firth of Clyde to the Forth. Construction of the Wall started… Continue reading

James Watt, Slavery and Statues

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A staff post from Dr Nicky Reeves, Curator of Scientific and Medical History Collections, The Hunterian. On the afternoon of Sunday, June 07 2020, a statue in Bristol of slave trader Edward Colston was dramatically toppled. One of the many accomplishments of this action, and others, was an increase in public discussion of statues, their history, and their function. A statue of Scottish engineer James… Continue reading

A changing society, a changing university, a changing university museum

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A staff post from Steph Scholten, Director of The Hunterian. The Hunterian is the oldest public museum in Scotland (1807), in one of the oldest Scottish universities (1451). It is deeply rooted in Scotland’s complex history which has led to multiple inequalities and prejudices that persist today, perhaps most notably in relation to race. Recent global and local events have emphasised once more the necessity… Continue reading

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