Browse Exhibits (14 total)

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 theatre performance to raise money for charity - known as the Student Show.

Performers from the Show have gone on to have glittering careers in music, comedy and theatre, and today the Show is the longest-running student production of its kind in the UK.

This online exhibition features collections from the University of Aberdeen archives, alongside contributions from Show's former writers and performers, to tell some of the stories of Show from across its 100 years.

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Curated by: Eric Crockart, Joe Johnston, Paul Logie and Emma Raymond.

With thanks to: Lauren Hossack, Shane Strachan, Michelle Bruce, Paddy Rice, John Duffus, Dawn Leslie, Jo Gilbert, Greg Gordon, Andrew Brebner, Mike Jamieson, Craig Pike, Joy Crockart, Sheila Sinclair, Laura Main, John Hardie, Becky Hossick, Amy Lamb, Bob Irvine, Kate Sutherland, Holly Bruce, Emma Quinn and the whole UoA Museums and Special Collections team.

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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 explorers, doctors, miners, or missionaries – and met cultures and experiences strikingly different from their lives at home.

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Acts of Union


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

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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 the legacy of slavery.

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Encyclopaedia of the North East


The only exhibition devoted to the character of this important region of Scotland, many hundreds of objects, photographs and quotations are displayed to illustrate the area from the first settlers of 8000 years ago to the present day. The exhibition is arranged in alphabetical order to create some surprising juxtapositions of objects of different ages and functions and to encourage visitors to reflect on ideas of classification and order.

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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 & Co photographs.

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Jacobite Virtuosi


Rome's importance as an artistic centre was undisputed throughout the eighteenth century. After the deposition of the Catholic James VII and II in 1688, he maintained a Court in Rome which attracted Jacobite followers. They became tourist guides, tutors in architecture and archaeology, architects, decorators, art-dealers and conoisseurs. Eminent amongst these virtuosi was a group of Scots, all with Jacobite connections.

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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. Discover what societies value most through the themes of protecting the self, guarding possessions, caring for loved ones and preserving customs. This exhibition strives to make sense of the deeply rooted human desire to protect.

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. 

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 Ta-Kheru, an Ancient Egyptian woman whose ceremonially mummified remains have been in the University of Aberdeen museums’ collections since the 18th century. The exhibition tells the story of Ta-Kheru, alongside an impressive holographic display of the CT scan and a facial reconstruction of The Lady of the House.

The exhibition between October and December 2018 had over 6500 visits and was accompanied by a series of talks by specialists from the Roemer- und Pelizaeus- Museum and an expert in facial reconstruction.

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