Browse Exhibits (19 total)

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

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


The Aberdeen Children of the 1950s are 12,150 people born in Aberdeen between 1950 and 1956. When they were in primary school, they took reading and maths tests as part of a study done by University of Aberdeen. The goal of the original study was to discover the causes of learning disabilities. The children's test results were linked to other school records and to birth records in the Aberdeen Maternity and Neonatal Databank.

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Aberdonians in the Americas (2017)

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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 (2007)


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

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Object list for the Art History course AH3001/4001

Canaletto in Aberdeen (2019)

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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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Connecting Collections


The University’s museum collections, as well as its collections of archives and rare books, includes items that might be linked, perhaps by a particular person or a place. Over the years, some of these links have been forgotten and items split between different collections. A project funded by the Museums Recognition Fund put all available information on a publicly accessible database and created a few examples of linked material.

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Eat, Prey, Love (2022)

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

Encyclopaedia of the North East (2002)


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 (2021)

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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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