Design a Museum of the Future!

Is that a rocket blasting off to deliver visitors from floor 1 to floor 14 (I wouldn’t want to be in charge of cleaning that museum)? Or is that a robot showing visitors around the museum, pointing out the first ever teleportation device? There could be Egyptian mummies reanimated Frankenstein-style, or talking taxidermy animal heads; … Continue reading Design a Museum of the Future!

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MUSA Extension Project 2018

  Exciting plans are currently underway to create an extension to MUSA, the Museum of the University of St Andrews, which will house two new temporary exhibition galleries.  As part of the project, an environmental control system for the entire museum will be incorporated, to provide optimal display conditions, and a studio / workroom for … Continue reading MUSA Extension Project 2018

Her Final Hours – by Susan Grant

Susan Grant attended our StAnza Poetry Festival creative writing workshop last week.  Inspired by John Duncan's "Mary Queen of Scots at Fotheringay"  she has kindly agreed to let us share her work.      HER FINAL HOUR Dramas of her life - the violence, the intrigue, turbulence , mistrust - all behind her. She sits, … Continue reading Her Final Hours – by Susan Grant

The Measurements by Ruth Aylett

  St Andrews is into full StAnza swing this week with events all across the town in various venues.  Especially for MUSA we are excited to bring you the work of four poets who have been commissioned to write a poetic response to objects from our collections at MUSA this week. They are Helen Lawrenson, Richie … Continue reading The Measurements by Ruth Aylett

Night Journey by Rob MacKenzie

St Andrews is into full StAnza swing this week with events all across the town in various venues.  Especially for MUSA we are excited to bring you the work of four poets who have been commissioned to write a poetic response to objects from our collections at MUSA this week. They are Helen Lawrenson, Richie McCaffery, … Continue reading Night Journey by Rob MacKenzie

Sea glass after ‘Randomised Array’ by Toby Paterson

St Andrews is into full StAnza swing this week with events all across the town in various venues.  Especially for MUSA we are excited to bring you the work of four poets who have been commissioned to write a poetic response to objects from our collections at MUSA this week. They are Helen Lawrenson, Richie McCaffery, … Continue reading Sea glass after ‘Randomised Array’ by Toby Paterson

The Cary’s Globe – a StAnza/MUSA collaboration

St Andrews is into full StAnza swing this week with events all across the town in various venues.  Especially for MUSA we are excited to bring you the work of four poets who have been commissioned to write a poetic response to objects from our collections at MUSA this week. They are Helen Lawrenson, Richie … Continue reading The Cary’s Globe – a StAnza/MUSA collaboration

Conserving the Mace of St Salvator’s College

 In 2017, one of the most iconic objects from the University's collections, The Mace of St Salvator's College underwent some conservation work at the University of Glasgow's new studio in Kelvinhall.  Dr Helen Rawson, Co-Director of Museum Collections writes on the conservation process and the surprising discoveries that were revealed!   The Maces of the … Continue reading Conserving the Mace of St Salvator’s College

In Movember Moustaches Rock!

As Movember is a celebration of fantastic facial hair,  Emily Brown, Visitor Services Facilitator and Geology student writes about Matthew Forster Heddle, celebrated mineralogist, the Chair of Chemistry at St Andrews University from 1862 and have-er of a fascinating two-pronged beard. Born in 1828 on the Isle of Hoy, Orkney and educated in Edinburgh, Heddle’s … Continue reading In Movember Moustaches Rock!

On Growth and Form of a Moustache!

    Sir D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Chair of Natural History at the University of St Andrews and celebrated Victorian polymath, proudly wore, as many respected Victorian gentleman did, notable facial hair.  In this article, MUSA Visitor Services Facilitator and Geology student Emily Brown looks at the man behind the moustache! In his youth, as the … Continue reading On Growth and Form of a Moustache!