The Missing Link: Dura Den Fossil Fish

To this day I remember when my dad took me to explore Barrandov, a Czech area known for its contribution to the evolutionary theory. Hiking among sandstone, our path was paved by several fossil trilobites, just lying there, as if forgotten or discarded. I bent down to take one home and, for the first time … Continue reading The Missing Link: Dura Den Fossil Fish

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Unicorns of the Sea

Did you know that narwhal tusks used to be mistaken for unicorn horns, and that in the past they were as expensive to buy as a castle? Volunteer MUSA blogger, Catriona Scott, writes about narwhals and the collection of tusks we have on display in the Bell Pettigrew Museum. As anyone who has known me … Continue reading Unicorns of the Sea

The Parliament Hall Chair

By Vanessa Silvera Among the hundreds of artifacts in the University of St Andrews’ museum collections, there is a sophisticated polished oak chair dating back to the mid-seventeenth century. One of the most intriguing objects within the university’s heritage collection, The Parliament Hall Chair (c. 1640s-60s) is an emblem of quality craftsmanship and Scottish history. … Continue reading The Parliament Hall Chair

From Carousal to Pageant: St Andrews’ Kate Kennedy Procession

This weekend, St Andrews saw a spectacular medieval pageant, commemorating the 700th anniversary of the Consecration of St Andrews Cathedral, with costumes provided by the Kate Kennedy Trust. If you missed this event, then don't worry: every year in April, the Kate Kennedy Club put on a costumed parade of their own. One of our … Continue reading From Carousal to Pageant: St Andrews’ Kate Kennedy Procession

Watch your step: the curse of the ‘PH’

Set against a backdrop of cathedral ruins, picturesque beaches, and the world’s oldest golf course, it is immediately apparent that studying at the University of St Andrews is nothing short of unique. Among the many features that set the University apart are its student traditions, a handful of which date back to its early history. … Continue reading Watch your step: the curse of the ‘PH’

A Big Thank You to our Volunteers

Across the UK, the 1st-7th June 2018 is Volunteers’ Week. For us in MUSA, it's a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution our volunteers make to the work we do here. Throughout the year, our student volunteers work at the reception desk, welcoming visitors, conducting hourly checks of the galleries, making craft activities … Continue reading A Big Thank You to our Volunteers

Fridjtof Nansen: Explorer, Scientist, Humanitarian, and Rector.

Fridtjof Nansen is an individual you need to know about. A Norwegian visionary, explorer, pioneer, diplomat, humanitarian, champion, artist, and scholar, Nansen had a hunger for adventure and a quest for knowledge, venturing into uncharted territory time and time again. He held a Nobel Peace Prize, several world records, and to top it all off, … Continue reading Fridjtof Nansen: Explorer, Scientist, Humanitarian, and Rector.

Letters from America: D’Arcy Thompson’s Remington 12

Volunteer MUSA blogger, Morag Allan Campbell, writes about one of MUSA's intriguing objects in Gallery 3: D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson's typewriter. When D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson heaved his typewriter onto his desk sometime in the 1920s, the era of mechanised writing was well underway.  Printmakers and inventors had been messing around with the idea since at least … Continue reading Letters from America: D’Arcy Thompson’s Remington 12