Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery One of the world's great University Museums http://www.hunterian.gla.ac.uk The Hunterian Museum and Hunterian Art Gallery are now open Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 11am - 4pm.
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Admission free. Book tickets or find out more on our website. The Mackintosh House remains closed for now.

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Some believe this little beauty, Red-throated Diver or ‘Rain Goose’, can predict the weather. It is one of the residents...
05/08/2021

Some believe this little beauty, Red-throated Diver or ‘Rain Goose’, can predict the weather. It is one of the residents of #Peatlands featured in our exhibition of the same name now open at the museum. This fascinating display was curated by @UofGlasgow students of Museum Studies. Information and tickets: https://bit.ly/37z3bYV

#StudentVoice @UofGInfoStudies @UoGSciEngGradSchool @UofGMVLS

Some believe this little beauty, Red-throated Diver or ‘Rain Goose’, can predict the weather. It is one of the residents of #Peatlands featured in our exhibition of the same name now open at the museum. This fascinating display was curated by @UofGlasgow students of Museum Studies. Information and tickets: https://bit.ly/37z3bYV

#StudentVoice @UofGInfoStudies @UoGSciEngGradSchool @UofGMVLS

Today’s #WednesdayWhistler is ‘Sea and Sand: Domburg’ of 1900. In August 1900, Whistler stayed with his friend, the arti...
04/08/2021

Today’s #WednesdayWhistler is ‘Sea and Sand: Domburg’ of 1900. In August 1900, Whistler stayed with his friend, the artist Jerome Elwell, at Domburg, Holland and painted several watercolours. Here, narrow, horizontal ribbons of paint evoke the rolling waves and contrast with the broadly painted wash of the beach and the dark speckled figures. gla.ac.uk/whistlerartandlegacy

Today’s #WednesdayWhistler is ‘Sea and Sand: Domburg’ of 1900. In August 1900, Whistler stayed with his friend, the artist Jerome Elwell, at Domburg, Holland and painted several watercolours. Here, narrow, horizontal ribbons of paint evoke the rolling waves and contrast with the broadly painted wash of the beach and the dark speckled figures. gla.ac.uk/whistlerartandlegacy

Have you tried out The Hunterian's dinosaur trail? Perfect for younger visitors, the trail takes you on a journey throug...
03/08/2021

Have you tried out The Hunterian's dinosaur trail? Perfect for younger visitors, the trail takes you on a journey through our palaeontological collections back to prehistoric times. The Hunterian is actively involved in researching Scottish dinosaurs and has a number of key specimens in its collection including Scotland’s first dinosaur footprint found in 1982, the first dinosaur track way and several dinosaur bones. Pick up a copy of our trail at the front desk and begin your adventure! Book your visit here: https://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/visit/tickets/

Have you tried out The Hunterian's dinosaur trail? Perfect for younger visitors, the trail takes you on a journey through our palaeontological collections back to prehistoric times. The Hunterian is actively involved in researching Scottish dinosaurs and has a number of key specimens in its collection including Scotland’s first dinosaur footprint found in 1982, the first dinosaur track way and several dinosaur bones. Pick up a copy of our trail at the front desk and begin your adventure! Book your visit here: https://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/visit/tickets/

Today’s #HunterianHighlight is this eastern black swallowtail butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) from Hunterian founder Willi...
02/08/2021

Today’s #HunterianHighlight is this eastern black swallowtail butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) from Hunterian founder William Hunter’s original collection. It dates to 1775 and is thought to come from Rhode Island in North America, where the black swallowtail is still active today. Hunter’s impressive insect collection contains many North American specimens.

Today’s #HunterianHighlight is this eastern black swallowtail butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) from Hunterian founder William Hunter’s original collection. It dates to 1775 and is thought to come from Rhode Island in North America, where the black swallowtail is still active today. Hunter’s impressive insect collection contains many North American specimens.

The earliest scientific instruments in The Hunterian, which pre-date the formation of the museum in 1807, are teaching a...
01/08/2021

The earliest scientific instruments in The Hunterian, which pre-date the formation of the museum in 1807, are teaching and research instruments once used University of Glasgow. One of the most significant pieces from this era is a model Newcomen steam-powered atmospheric engine that James Watt tried to repair in 1763. It was his failure to coax the machine back to optimum capacity that sparked his invention of the separate condenser, the component that led to rapid expansion in British industry and was a crucial development in the Industrial Revolution. Find out more about Watt's Model Newcomen Engine here: http://collections.gla.ac.uk/#/details/ecatalogue/118530

The earliest scientific instruments in The Hunterian, which pre-date the formation of the museum in 1807, are teaching and research instruments once used University of Glasgow. One of the most significant pieces from this era is a model Newcomen steam-powered atmospheric engine that James Watt tried to repair in 1763. It was his failure to coax the machine back to optimum capacity that sparked his invention of the separate condenser, the component that led to rapid expansion in British industry and was a crucial development in the Industrial Revolution. Find out more about Watt's Model Newcomen Engine here: http://collections.gla.ac.uk/#/details/ecatalogue/118530

Our major exhibition ‘Whistler: Art and Legacy’ highlights a lesser-known portion of our collection which can only be se...
31/07/2021

Our major exhibition ‘Whistler: Art and Legacy’ highlights a lesser-known portion of our collection which can only be seen in Glasgow. This etching of two figures appearing in a doorway across a Venetian canal is amongst a selection of rare prints that Rosalind Birnie Philip gave to the University of Glasgow in 1935. Titled ‘Wool Carders’, it is one of only four known impressions. Find out more or book tickets at: gla.ac.uk/whistlerartandlegacy

Our major exhibition ‘Whistler: Art and Legacy’ highlights a lesser-known portion of our collection which can only be seen in Glasgow. This etching of two figures appearing in a doorway across a Venetian canal is amongst a selection of rare prints that Rosalind Birnie Philip gave to the University of Glasgow in 1935. Titled ‘Wool Carders’, it is one of only four known impressions. Find out more or book tickets at: gla.ac.uk/whistlerartandlegacy

🎉‘Celebrating Joan Eardley (1921–1963)’ is now open at the Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow! Admission is fr...
30/07/2021

🎉‘Celebrating Joan Eardley (1921–1963)’ is now open at the Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow! Admission is free and by pre-booked timed ticket. Find out more or book via our website: https://bit.ly/2Vh2O22 #Eardley100

🎉‘Celebrating Joan Eardley (1921–1963)’ is now open at the Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow! Admission is free and by pre-booked timed ticket. Find out more or book via our website: https://bit.ly/2Vh2O22 #Eardley100

Who hasn’t thrown off the covers at some point in the last two weeks?!  We are working with @UofGlasgowASC and members o...
29/07/2021

Who hasn’t thrown off the covers at some point in the last two weeks?!
We are working with @UofGlasgowASC and members of @UofGlasgow ‘s #LGBTQ+ community, to explore the university’s collections through an LGBTQ+ lens. By way of a taster of possible outputs, we present this blog by Allan Madden, @UofGlasgow History of Art Lecturer on David Hockney's "Two Boys Aged 23 or 24" https://bit.ly/2Wt8h6z

Who hasn’t thrown off the covers at some point in the last two weeks?!
We are working with @UofGlasgowASC and members of @UofGlasgow ‘s #LGBTQ+ community, to explore the university’s collections through an LGBTQ+ lens. By way of a taster of possible outputs, we present this blog by Allan Madden, @UofGlasgow History of Art Lecturer on David Hockney's "Two Boys Aged 23 or 24" https://bit.ly/2Wt8h6z

Our new exhibition ‘Celebrating Joan Eardley (1921–1963)’ opens this Friday at the Hunterian Art Gallery! It features 13...
28/07/2021

Our new exhibition ‘Celebrating Joan Eardley (1921–1963)’ opens this Friday at the Hunterian Art Gallery! It features 13 works from The Hunterian collection at the University of Glasgow including ‘Salmon Nets and the Sea’ and ‘Sweet Shop, Rotten Row’ alongside a selection of works on paper. Free. Pre-book timed tickets via our website: https://bit.ly/3fY5HcT #Eardley100

Image: Joan Eardley, 'Salmon Nets and the Sea', 1960. © Estate of Joan Eardley. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2021.

Our new exhibition ‘Celebrating Joan Eardley (1921–1963)’ opens this Friday at the Hunterian Art Gallery! It features 13 works from The Hunterian collection at the University of Glasgow including ‘Salmon Nets and the Sea’ and ‘Sweet Shop, Rotten Row’ alongside a selection of works on paper. Free. Pre-book timed tickets via our website: https://bit.ly/3fY5HcT #Eardley100

Image: Joan Eardley, 'Salmon Nets and the Sea', 1960. © Estate of Joan Eardley. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2021.

This week’s #WednesdayWhistler is ‘Nocturne: Palaces’ of 1880, an etching suffused by a sense of brooding mystery. The p...
28/07/2021

This week’s #WednesdayWhistler is ‘Nocturne: Palaces’ of 1880, an etching suffused by a sense of brooding mystery. The palaces loom over the still dark water, with their upper floors only dimly lit; the architectural features are dim and blurred, as on a distant topographical study. gla.ac.uk/whistlerartandlegacy

This week’s #WednesdayWhistler is ‘Nocturne: Palaces’ of 1880, an etching suffused by a sense of brooding mystery. The palaces loom over the still dark water, with their upper floors only dimly lit; the architectural features are dim and blurred, as on a distant topographical study. gla.ac.uk/whistlerartandlegacy

If you’re visiting Kelvin Hall, don’t miss our new Avenue display ‘Scotland Under the Microscope’ which features a small...
27/07/2021

If you’re visiting Kelvin Hall, don’t miss our new Avenue display ‘Scotland Under the Microscope’ which features a small selection of thin section images from Scottish rocks in our collections at the University of Glasgow! Admission free! 😍🤩

If you’re visiting Kelvin Hall, don’t miss our new Avenue display ‘Scotland Under the Microscope’ which features a small selection of thin section images from Scottish rocks in our collections at the University of Glasgow! Admission free! 😍🤩

Today’s #HunterianHighlight is ‘New Abbey, Dumfriesshire (Summer)’ by Samuel John Peploe. In 1926, Peploe was about to e...
26/07/2021

Today’s #HunterianHighlight is ‘New Abbey, Dumfriesshire (Summer)’ by Samuel John Peploe. In 1926, Peploe was about to embark on a series of compositions centred on the theme of great trees, which would remain central to his art. Here the lush summer greens of the trees and grass contrast with the starker landscapes the artist had recently painted in Cassis and Iona. The village of New Abbey was a popular painting destination with painters, particularly the Glasgow Boys.

Today’s #HunterianHighlight is ‘New Abbey, Dumfriesshire (Summer)’ by Samuel John Peploe. In 1926, Peploe was about to embark on a series of compositions centred on the theme of great trees, which would remain central to his art. Here the lush summer greens of the trees and grass contrast with the starker landscapes the artist had recently painted in Cassis and Iona. The village of New Abbey was a popular painting destination with painters, particularly the Glasgow Boys.

In 1816 the Reverend Robert Stirling (1790-1878) from Galston in Ayrshire took out the first of three patents for an eng...
25/07/2021

In 1816 the Reverend Robert Stirling (1790-1878) from Galston in Ayrshire took out the first of three patents for an engine which produced motion from heated air, rather than steam. The air was contained within a closed system of two connected cylinders and a piston, and continuously circulated. An external source provided the heat, and a cold water jacket encased the upper half of one of the cylinders to create a temperature differential. Stirling's key innovation was what he called an 'economiser', a heat exchanger or regenerator which aimed to reuse otherwise wasted heat, potentially resulting in much higher fuel efficiency than in steam engines. He presented this model air engine, one of only two ever made, to @UofGlasgow in 1827. You can see Stirling's Model Air Engine on the balcony of the Hunterian Museum #ScienceSundays

In 1816 the Reverend Robert Stirling (1790-1878) from Galston in Ayrshire took out the first of three patents for an engine which produced motion from heated air, rather than steam. The air was contained within a closed system of two connected cylinders and a piston, and continuously circulated. An external source provided the heat, and a cold water jacket encased the upper half of one of the cylinders to create a temperature differential. Stirling's key innovation was what he called an 'economiser', a heat exchanger or regenerator which aimed to reuse otherwise wasted heat, potentially resulting in much higher fuel efficiency than in steam engines. He presented this model air engine, one of only two ever made, to @UofGlasgow in 1827. You can see Stirling's Model Air Engine on the balcony of the Hunterian Museum #ScienceSundays

Painted from an upper floor of his house at Lindsey Row, Chelsea, Whistler finds poetry in the daytime fog in this view ...
24/07/2021

Painted from an upper floor of his house at Lindsey Row, Chelsea, Whistler finds poetry in the daytime fog in this view towards industrial Battersea on the southern bank of the Thames. Titled ‘Battersea Reach from Lindsey Houses’, its moody atmosphere is enhanced by the women in the foreground gazing out across the water. See it as part of our ‘Whistler: Art and Legacy’ exhibition at the Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow. Open today from 10am–5pm. Book free tickets at: gla.ac.uk/whistlerartandlegacy

Painted from an upper floor of his house at Lindsey Row, Chelsea, Whistler finds poetry in the daytime fog in this view towards industrial Battersea on the southern bank of the Thames. Titled ‘Battersea Reach from Lindsey Houses’, its moody atmosphere is enhanced by the women in the foreground gazing out across the water. See it as part of our ‘Whistler: Art and Legacy’ exhibition at the Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow. Open today from 10am–5pm. Book free tickets at: gla.ac.uk/whistlerartandlegacy

Don’t miss our new exhibition, ‘Peatlands: Preserving Past and Future’, now on display in the Hunterian Museum. 'Peatlan...
23/07/2021

Don’t miss our new exhibition, ‘Peatlands: Preserving Past and Future’, now on display in the Hunterian Museum. 'Peatlands' was created by MSc Museum Studies students from @UofGlasgow and was devised as part of the Exhibition Development course. This small exhibition explores the story of Scottish peatlands, uncovering the unique qualities that make them a valuable resource. Through a selection of objects linked to the peatland ecosystem, the exhibition shows how the composition of bogs has enabled many important historical artefacts to be preserved and highlights the importance of the peatlands as a habitat to native species.

Don’t miss our new exhibition, ‘Peatlands: Preserving Past and Future’, now on display in the Hunterian Museum. 'Peatlands' was created by MSc Museum Studies students from @UofGlasgow and was devised as part of the Exhibition Development course. This small exhibition explores the story of Scottish peatlands, uncovering the unique qualities that make them a valuable resource. Through a selection of objects linked to the peatland ecosystem, the exhibition shows how the composition of bogs has enabled many important historical artefacts to be preserved and highlights the importance of the peatlands as a habitat to native species.

Announcing a pilot of #AudioDescribed objects and artworks created by @UofGArts students on remote work placement, Sprin...
22/07/2021

Announcing a pilot of #AudioDescribed objects and artworks created by @UofGArts students on remote work placement, Spring 2021. If you are #blind, partially blind, or non-blind and want to experience an object through someone else’ eyes, listen and let us know what you think. https://bit.ly/3rsgHGx
These #Whistler portraits, "Harmony in Red" (GLAHA 46315) and "Red and Black" ( GLAHA 46386) among the 8 works currently described. “Additional Information” recordings will follow soon along with more artworks.

Announcing a pilot of #AudioDescribed objects and artworks created by @UofGArts students on remote work placement, Spring 2021. If you are #blind, partially blind, or non-blind and want to experience an object through someone else’ eyes, listen and let us know what you think. https://bit.ly/3rsgHGx
These #Whistler portraits, "Harmony in Red" (GLAHA 46315) and "Red and Black" ( GLAHA 46386) among the 8 works currently described. “Additional Information” recordings will follow soon along with more artworks.

Today’s #WednesdayWhistler is this work of c.1896. Originally exhibited as ‘Green and Gold. The Lady of the Black Heart'...
21/07/2021

Today’s #WednesdayWhistler is this work of c.1896. Originally exhibited as ‘Green and Gold. The Lady of the Black Heart', Whistler reworked the portrait of Rosalind Birnie Philip and renamed it ‘The Jade Necklace’. In February 2020, it underwent technical examination using raking light and microscopic analysis. This revealed fresh aspects of Whistler's technique including the thinness with which the paint was applied around her eyes. Infra-red reflectography (IRR) and ultra-violet light revealed extensive alterations to her dress. Book free tickets at: gla.ac.uk/whistlerartandlegacy

Today’s #WednesdayWhistler is this work of c.1896. Originally exhibited as ‘Green and Gold. The Lady of the Black Heart', Whistler reworked the portrait of Rosalind Birnie Philip and renamed it ‘The Jade Necklace’. In February 2020, it underwent technical examination using raking light and microscopic analysis. This revealed fresh aspects of Whistler's technique including the thinness with which the paint was applied around her eyes. Infra-red reflectography (IRR) and ultra-violet light revealed extensive alterations to her dress. Book free tickets at: gla.ac.uk/whistlerartandlegacy

On this hot sunny day we hope you'll enjoy 'Summer', a design for a stained glass panel by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh...
20/07/2021

On this hot sunny day we hope you'll enjoy 'Summer', a design for a stained glass panel by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. Margaret was part of the artistic group known as 'The Four', comprised of her husband Charles Rennie Mackintosh, James Herbert McNair and her sister Frances Macdonald McNair. The group produced innovative and decorative art designs which were essential to the development and recognition of the distinctive 'Glasgow Style'. The fecundity of summer is suggested in this watercolour by the kidney-shaped seeds at the bottom of the composition and their long, sinuous shoots that echo the curves of the female figure. The line of birds flying across the sun is a motif used earlier by Frances in her watercolour 'Ill Omen' (also in The Hunterian collection).

On this hot sunny day we hope you'll enjoy 'Summer', a design for a stained glass panel by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. Margaret was part of the artistic group known as 'The Four', comprised of her husband Charles Rennie Mackintosh, James Herbert McNair and her sister Frances Macdonald McNair. The group produced innovative and decorative art designs which were essential to the development and recognition of the distinctive 'Glasgow Style'. The fecundity of summer is suggested in this watercolour by the kidney-shaped seeds at the bottom of the composition and their long, sinuous shoots that echo the curves of the female figure. The line of birds flying across the sun is a motif used earlier by Frances in her watercolour 'Ill Omen' (also in The Hunterian collection).

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