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
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!
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
This blog article is a small excerpt from the Objects Unpacked talk at the MUSA Collections Centre on 2nd September I’m Jo, Operations Officer at the Museum Collections Unit. A bit about me – I received my Masters in Modern History in December last year, specialising in Scottish History in the 18th and 19th centuries. I’ve … Continue reading Objects Unpacked: St Andrews and the Empire
This blog article comes from volunteer Amy Cummings, who joined MUSA's volunteer team last year. MUSA recently celebrated British Science Week (16th March to 22nd March) with a whole range of intriguing events: allowing you to be a Doctor for a Day, learn to see beneath the surface of everyday foods with Microscopic Musings, taste some … Continue reading Squishy, Smelly and Spectacular: British Science Week at MUSA
The story behind the type of academic dress I'm going to look at in this final blog about our costume collection dates back to the 1800s, and a time when only men were admitted to universities. This limitation didn’t deter all women, however, and some still tried to gain a university degree. Elizabeth Garrett, for example, … Continue reading Dressed to Impress: Here Come the Girls!
Last week we were celebrating Graduation at the University of St Andrews and it was a great opportunity to see lots of different types of academic dress. However, this academic dress we see today is actually very different from what would have originally been worn when the University was founded in the early 1400s. When St Andrews was founded … Continue reading Dressed to Impress: The Paris Hats
As MUSA is a university museum a large part of our costume collection consists of academic dress, but this doesn't just mean the black gowns and coloured hoods of graduation. There are many other types of academic dress and in this series of blogs I’m going to take you on a tour through some of the more … Continue reading Dressed to Impress: St Andrews and the Scarlet Gown
International Relations postgraduate Charlotte Mayer joined the MUSA team as a volunteer in September 2013. Here she writes about the different experiences she has had at MUSA, and reflects on her time as a volunteer. When it comes to gaining work experience and getting onto the ‘career ladder', volunteering is always a good starting point. … Continue reading Volunteer week: a MUSA volunteer reflects
The University of St Andrews cares for over 112,000 objects and artworks. Some of them are fairly new, some of them are literally millions of years old. We often think about objects in terms of how they were used, who created them or where they came from, but we rarely think about the stories behind … Continue reading If objects could talk: The faceless Professor