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The exhibitions here include virtual versions of exhibitions from our galleries, as well as exhibitions created entirely online.

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2023 Mapping Mementos

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This student-curated exhibition explores the hidden histories behind travel mementos, including how souvenirs are produced and why we collect them.

2023 Legacies of Slavery

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This exhibition examines links between transatlantic slavery and the University of Aberdeen's history.

2022 Professor Patrick Copland: Late 18th - early 19th century science education in Aberdeen

A large brass wheel sitting on four smaller wheels, in a brass frame on a circular wooden stand. The smaller wheels spin at a much slower rate when the large wheel is spun.

Patrick Copland was professor of Natural Philosophy at Marischal College from 1775 to 1822. He assembled - by purchasing and...

2022 Eat, Prey, Love

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15 August 2022: Exhibition exploring human relationships with other animals across the themes of work, food, and companionship.

2021 Walter Scott and Song: Retuning the Harp of the North

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Exploring ballads, opera, and theatrical and popular songs, this online exhibition showcases the University of Aberdeen's Walter Scott collections alongside...

2021 Toil and Trouble: Witchcraft in Scotland

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This student-curated exhibition explores the unique history of witchcraft in Scotland. Delve into over 200 years of witch history through...

2021 Envisioning Women's Places: Photographs from the George Washington Wilson Collection

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The work, education and leisure of 19th century women take centre stage in this exhibition of George Washington Wilson &...

2021 A Rare Nicht Oot: 100 Years of Aberdeen's Student Show

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Welcome to this exhibition celebrating 100 years since students at the University of Aberdeen first began staging an annual musical...

2020 Safekeeping: Protecting what is valued


Explore protective objects from across the world, including Ancient Egyptian amulets and modern-day soap, in this student-curated exhibition from 2020....

2020 Aberdeen's Children: Stories of the 1950s Birth Cohort


The Aberdeen Children of the 1950s are 12,150 people born in Aberdeen between 1950 and 1956. When they were in...

2019 Walking with Birds: The Art of Audubon and MacGillivray


This exhibition showcases Audubon’s spectacular ‘Birds of America’, a metre-high book filled with Audubon’s stunning life-size colour depictions of American...

2019 Canaletto in Aberdeen

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University research confirmed that the collection includes a painting by Canaletto. The exhibition also reveals how it was acquired as...

2018 Ta Kheru: Discovering the life of an Ancient Egyptian woman

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Using CT scans and the latest medical visualisation techniques experts have been able to uncover insights into the life of...

2017 Aberdonians in the Americas

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Five local collectors travelled to Latin America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to seek their fortunes as...

2016 The Land Endures: Bringing Sunset Song to Life

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7 June - 30 November 2016: A co-curated student exhibition interpreting Lewis Grassic Gibbon's classic novel,Sunset Song.

2010 Connecting Collections


The University’s museum collections, as well as its collections of archives and rare books, includes items that might be linked,...

2007 Scotland, Africa and Slavery in the Caribbean: a North East Story


Learn about how the history of Aberdeen and North-East Scotland is entangled with the history of transatlantic slavery.

2007 Jacobite Virtuosi


Rome's importance as an artistic centre was undisputed throughout the eighteenth century. After the deposition of the Catholic James VII...

2007 Acts of Union


An online exhibition marking the 300th anniversary of the Anglo-Scottish Union of 1 May 1707.

2002 Encyclopaedia of the North East


An online exhibition devoted to the character of this important region of Scotland. Objects, photographs and quotations are displayed to...