Today's blog has been written especially by Jess Meagher, our Visitor Services Facilitator. Jess writes about her experience volunteering with Moana; kids' activities, symposium and performances. Moana: The Rising of the Sea was a music-dance-drama performance shown at the Byre last week, as part of a collaboration between MUSA, the Byre Theatre, and the University of … Continue reading Volunteering with Moana
We return today with a curious object resembling a small brush – except that on closer examination you can see that it has lengths of fur pelts, not bristles extending from the handle. The wooden handle itself is shaped like the head of a bird and is wrapped with textiles, beads and champagne corks. So … Continue reading A Brush with Magic
Today’s object is a type of stone club called a patu onewa used by New Zealand Māori in hand-to hand combat. Inter-tribal warfare was common in New Zealand in the early 19th century, but before Europeans arrived, Maori did not use projectile weapons, such as bows and arrows. Instead, patu were used, with a thrusting … Continue reading Beautiful but Deadly
Somehow it’s already the start of March, and in St Andrews that means one thing: StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival is here, bringing with it the creative buzz of literary folks in town. This year, the festival has two overriding themes, ‘A Common Wealth of Poetry’ and ‘Words under Fire’ (or to you and me, … Continue reading Weaving a poem
This blog article was contributed by Senior Visitor Services Facilitator Jo Rodgers This blog must begin with a disclaimer: in a break with the pattern of our last few articles, there will be no sketching here. I will leave the artistic endeavours to more talented colleagues and instead stick with what I know – history. … Continue reading George Wyllie and Adam Smith: why was a twentieth-century artist so fascinated with an eighteenth-century economist?
As you will perhaps know by now, the creativity of the exhibition continues past its first unveiling. Exhibitions aim to inspire beyond the display, so we have created an exciting programme of activities, talks and workshops to accompany ‘A Scottish Palette.’ Two weeks into the exhibition and we have already run two events. Paper Boats … Continue reading Launching colour from ‘A Scottish Palette’
Treasured: Celebrating the unknown, unexpected and unseen treasures of the University’s museum collections – one object in particular sums it up perfectly (and it also happens to be one of my favourites!) In a dark and distant time, long before the existence of the Museum Collections Unit and the wonders of the annual art audit, … Continue reading Back For Good!
Hello again! We have more to tell you about are fabulous exhibition, Treasured, which is on right now at the Gateway Galleries, St Andrews, displaying some of the University of St Andrews’ hidden treasures. The exhibition will close 14th December 2013 so run along fast. In past blogs we’ve told you about how the exhibition … Continue reading Treasured: Star Object – Chemistry Glassware
One of the best parts of working in Learning and Access is coming up with programs to accompany exhibitions. We aim to provide a range of events that cater to all age groups and compliment what the exhibition curators have worked hard to create. ‘Treasured’ focuses on treasures in the University’s collections that have not … Continue reading Treasured: Imagining Events
On this day 400 years ago, 10 August 1612, three trunks full of books arrived by sea. The arrival of these books, a gift of almost 100 works from Queen Anne and Princess Elizabeth, mark the culmination of a royal donation of books from which we date the founding of the King James Library. Six … Continue reading A Royal Foundation: 400 years of the King James Library — a new exhibition, coming soon!