Enduring Gifts: 600 years of Philanthropy in St Andrews

Enduring Gifts: 600 years of Philanthropy in St Andrews "Enduring Gifts: 600 Years of Philanthropy in St Andrews" explores exciting donations to the University of St Andrews and the motivations behind them. The exhibition is open until the 30th of June.

Since its foundation in 1413, the University of St Andrews has benefited greatly from the public bounty. Enduring Gifts: 600 Years of Philanthropy in St Andrews explores a range of donations and the motivations behind them, revealing how these generous acts have shaped the University's existence. Don't miss the opening of the exhibition, on 16 March 2018, at the Museum of the Universty of St Andrews.

... and the last day has finally come! Visit MUSA today’s afternoon to say goodbye to Enduring Gifts and to the museum (...
30/06/2018

... and the last day has finally come!

Visit MUSA today’s afternoon to say goodbye to Enduring Gifts and to the museum (just for a while), it’s your last chance!

Thanks to all those who have visited and enjoyed our exhibition!
We loved discovering the glorious past of the University of St Andrews, of the women and men who left legacies so important that our community is still benefiting from them!
We hope that our legacy in St Andrews, our work for the exhibition and the links we built through the months with the amazing people living and researching in this town, will live on to encourage new legacies in the future!

20/06/2018
St Salvators - St Andrews 1559

Ten more days to visit Enduring Gifts, before MUSA closes its doors for a year!

Check out this amazing 3D digital reconstruction of St Salvator's College as it may have appeared in its medieval heyday.

Credits to:
(Digital Reconstruction and video) Sarah Kennedy - Head of Virtual Visualisations - Smart History
(Historical Research) Dr Bess Rhodes - Head of Historical Research - Smart History
From the same team, have also a look to this original digital reconstruction of the sixteenth-century Edinburgh -> https://vimeo.com/208677167

St Salvator's Quad is one of the best known landmarks in St Andrews. For more than five centuries the tall tower of St Salvator's has dominated the local…

07/06/2018
“Enduring Gifts: 600 Years of Philanthropy in St Andrews” - The Saint

Hurry up! June is the last chance you have to visit "Enduring Gifts: 600 Years of Philanthropy in St Andrews" at MUSA!
If you want to have a preview of what you could find in our exhibition, have a look at this lovely article from The Saint!

We look forward to seeing you!

The University of St Andrews has always prided itself on a close relationship with its local community and alumni. Now, that relationship is being showcased in an exciting new exhibition…

For those brave enough to venture out on a busy Saturday, the sun shone for our Festival of Museums event, 'Ever to Exce...
21/05/2018

For those brave enough to venture out on a busy Saturday, the sun shone for our Festival of Museums event, 'Ever to Excel: An Afternoon of Discovery'. Many thanks again to our fantastic speakers for sharing their wisdom with us, and The Other Guys for their stunning performance! Photos by Adam Chester (@jachester3d)

For those brave enough to venture out on a busy Saturday, the sun shone for our Festival of Museums event, 'Ever to Excel: An Afternoon of Discovery'. Many thanks again to our fantastic speakers for sharing their wisdom with us, and The Other Guys for their stunning performance! Photos by Adam Chester (@jachester3d)

19/05/2018

Make sure you’re here for 3pm if you don’t want to miss the Other Guys’ performance!!

It is almost time... 🎈#universityofstandrews #museumoftheuniversityofstandrews #enduringgifts #festivalofmuseums #scotla...
19/05/2018

It is almost time... 🎈

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The annual Festival of Museums is near and, as part of this great nationwide event, Enduring Gifts has organised an afte...
11/05/2018

The annual Festival of Museums is near and, as part of this great nationwide event, Enduring Gifts has organised an afternoon of interdisciplinary discovery that we are thrilled to share with you!

"Ever to Excel: An Afternoon of Discovery" is on the 19th of May at MUSA and is free to attend for all ages.
Refreshments will be provided, we can’t wait to meet you there!

Learn more about this exciting day on our programme here attached

Last Saturday “Portrait Masterclass” closed our adults events at MUSA. Looking gorgeous, right? We look forward to meeti...
16/04/2018

Last Saturday “Portrait Masterclass” closed our adults events at MUSA.
Looking gorgeous, right?

We look forward to meeting you again on Saturday 19th of May to “Ever to Excel: an Afternoon of Discovery”!
Save the date!

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Yesterday we closed our children events with two turns of the workshop “Picture Yourself”. What a blast! ☺️It was truly ...
13/04/2018

Yesterday we closed our children events with two turns of the workshop “Picture Yourself”. What a blast! ☺️
It was truly amazing to see these kids create their own portraits, with the help of artist Mark Lawrence and the inspiration of the artworks in our gallery. So much creativity and talent! Thank you all for this delightful experience, we truly enjoyed the run!
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Do not forget about our documentary screening tonight at MUSA!

THE WOMEN WHO SHAPED ST ANDREWS starts at 19.15, don’t miss it!
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Did you know that in the 1930s our University funded and led a twenty-years excavation project that uncovered stunning m...
09/04/2018

Did you know that in the 1930s our University funded and led a twenty-years excavation project that uncovered stunning mosaics at the Great Palace of Constantinople?
Well, today we had fun learning this ancient technique and recreating our own amazing mosaics! Thanks for coming!
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Despite yesterday’s lovely sunny weather, some of you joined us in the Learning Loft to play around with colours, shapes...
06/04/2018

Despite yesterday’s lovely sunny weather, some of you joined us in the Learning Loft to play around with colours, shapes and different techniques. At “Modern Masterpiece” we let ourselves be inspired by artworks in the Boswell Art Collection, and you can all check out some of the results drying in the sun! Thank you for coming!
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Thanks to all of you who came in today for our event, Deep Sea Creatures. We hope you had as much fun as we did! 🐠🐡
02/04/2018

Thanks to all of you who came in today for our event, Deep Sea Creatures. We hope you had as much fun as we did! 🐠🐡

Happy Easter everyone! 🐣🐰🌸 enjoy a walk in the blooming gardens of St Andrews. Here, St Salvator’s Hall, one of the many...
01/04/2018

Happy Easter everyone! 🐣🐰🌸 enjoy a walk in the blooming gardens of St Andrews. Here, St Salvator’s Hall, one of the many philanthropic landmarks of the town. To discover its history, come to visit Enduring Gifts at MUSA!

The first day of Spring brought us a delightful sunny day. A real luck for our team, who inaugurated the events’ program...
20/03/2018

The first day of Spring brought us a delightful sunny day. A real luck for our team, who inaugurated the events’ programme with an outdoor activity!
In case you didn’t have the chance to come to our charming Walking Tour, here are some of the stops we made.
In few days, maps with the itinerary will be available at our exhibition, so you’ll be able to continue your visit even outside the boundaries of MUSA!

Don’t forget to check out our next events on our website:
http://enduringgifts.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/events/

For those who have not left the town yet, this upcoming Tuesday should be a sunny and pleasant day. If you feel like dis...
18/03/2018

For those who have not left the town yet, this upcoming Tuesday should be a sunny and pleasant day.
If you feel like discovering new interesting facts about St Andrews and its landmarks, consider participating in our Walking Tour "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants".
The Tour is free and it's quite charming, set during the sunset hours.

To book the event, please call or email the Museum of the University of St Andrews at:

tel: 01334 461 660
email: [email protected]

Thank you, Professor Sally Mapstone, for giving an inspiring and heart felt speech at the opening of our exhibition! We ...
16/03/2018

Thank you, Professor Sally Mapstone, for giving an inspiring and heart felt speech at the opening of our exhibition! We hope that everybody who came to our opening night had fun and enjoyed the exhibition, which theme is quite close to our hearts by now.

Thanks to everybody who collaborated to this moment, we look forward to learning what all of you think about our exhibition and our events, which will start very soon next week!

Enduring Gifts: 600 years of Philanthropy in St Andrews's cover photo
16/03/2018

Enduring Gifts: 600 years of Philanthropy in St Andrews's cover photo

The education team for the third day of installation!
14/03/2018

The education team for the third day of installation!

Day 2: The team is preparing a show full of surprises!
13/03/2018

Day 2: The team is preparing a show full of surprises!

First day of installation at MUSA! See how we look serious & concentrate
12/03/2018

First day of installation at MUSA! See how we look serious & concentrate

Happy International Women's Day! Today we’d like to present you one of our most significant projects, whose aim is to te...
08/03/2018

Happy International Women's Day!

Today we’d like to present you one of our most significant projects, whose aim is to tell the stories of a somewhat hidden group of individuals in the history of St Andrews and to explore the interplay between the themes of philanthropy and gender.

Our Education Team (Eilidh and Hannah) has worked relentlessly to the creation of 'The Women Who Shaped St Andrews’, an exciting project involving original documentary research and innovative analysis of the role that female philanthropists have had in the shaping of St Andrews into a world-class centre for education and culture.

The documentary will focus on a range of female philanthropists and explore the impact that their gender had on what they gave, their motivations for giving, the ways in which they donated to the University and will also consider how the women's femininity impacted the way in which their philanthropic acts were received.

The screening of the documentary is scheduled for the 13th of April, at the Museum of the University of St Andrews, as part of our exhibition ‘Enduring Gifts: 600 Years of Philanthropy in St Andrews’ (opening the 17th of March!).

For more information, visit our events page http://enduringgifts.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/events/

Below, photos of the shooting at King James Library and the portrait of Octavia Elfrida Saunders (with the collaboration of filmmaker Mark H. Lawrence).

10 days to the opening of Enduring Gifts: 600 Years of Philanthropy in St Andrews! We are very excited, installation wee...
07/03/2018
Image of ‘older male’ philanthropist gives way to younger, female-led funding

10 days to the opening of Enduring Gifts: 600 Years of Philanthropy in St Andrews!

We are very excited, installation week is on the way and everything is coming together very nicely! We can't wait to share with you this project.

In the meantime, here's another glance at the improved philanthropy's panorama of the most recent days!

Businesswoman Norah Casey presented with Philanthropist of the Year award in Dublin

Check out the report "Accelerating Change for Women and Girls: The Role of Women's Funds", produced by the Foundation Ce...
06/03/2018
Philanthropic Giving By and For Women on the Rise, Study Finds

Check out the report "Accelerating Change for Women and Girls: The Role of Women's Funds", produced by the Foundation Center and Women's Funding Network. It's few years old but it was one of the first of its kind to be made, a really interesting analysis of giving patterns and trends among the contributions of women's funds to philanthropy.
As reported by B. K. Smith, president of the Foundation Center, "this study underscores that investments in women and girls can have big social returns. It suggests that women and women's funds will be increasingly involved in reshaping philanthropy and bringing to the fore important issues like human trafficking and domestic violence that for far too long have been neglected".

The Foundation Center is the world's leading source of information on philanthropy, fundraising, and grant programs.

The 8th of March, International Women's Day, is approaching. Since our exhibition will deal with the topic of women's ro...
05/03/2018
The Rising Activism in Women's Philanthropy

The 8th of March, International Women's Day, is approaching. Since our exhibition will deal with the topic of women's role in philanthropy with special attention, we thought of sharing with you some recent articles focusing on this subject, every day of this week.

Trump’s first year in office has catapulted progressive women donors to a new level of activism. Women who once gave quietly are organizing protests, speaking publicly, and organizing for change. Featuring insights from Vanessa Daniel, Abigail Disney, Donna Hall, Cynthia Nimmo, and K. Sujata.

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), born in Fife, was a successful and controversial industrialist but also a generous philanth...
01/03/2018
How Andrew Carnegie set the stage for Bill Gates to give away his fortune, altering philanthropy forever

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), born in Fife, was a successful and controversial industrialist but also a generous philanthropist.
He spent a great deal of time and money towards the end of his life to support social projects and educational advancement on both sides of the Atlantic, and in 1901 he was elected Rector of the University of St Andrews. His donations to our university were many and varied, providing an important and long-lasting contribution to research and university facilities.
Although "Enduring Gifts" will not delve into this complex character, you can read about how his example is still a source of inspiration for others like him.

Bill Gates made his money in software, Andrew Carnegie in steel. And while roughly a century separates these two hard-charging titans of industry, they are connected not through the massive wealth…

INTRODUCING THE EDUCATION TEAMHi everybody!(Left) I'm Eilidh and I was brought up in the East Neuk of Fife. I studied Ar...
24/02/2018

INTRODUCING THE EDUCATION TEAM

Hi everybody!

(Left) I'm Eilidh and I was brought up in the East Neuk of Fife. I studied Art History and Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews and I'm currently doing my placement at HMS Unicorn.
(Right) I'm Hannah, from Nottingham (England), where I volunteered at the National Justice Museum. I studied History at the University of St Andrews and I'm currently completing a placement at the Scottish Parliament.

We'd like to present you the King James Library. It is named after King James VI and I, who in 1612 provided sufficient funds to start the construction of the building, completed 30 years later. He fulfilled the will of an illustrious predecessor of his, donating a remarkable collection of books to the newly established Library.

To learn more about this endeavour and the great character who inspired it, come to our exhibition, opening the 17th of March!

Happy Cat Day! Let’s take a moment to remember Hamish McHamish, the ginger cat who lived in our town for more than a dec...
17/02/2018

Happy Cat Day!

Let’s take a moment to remember Hamish McHamish, the ginger cat who lived in our town for more than a decade.
He was so beloved that, before he passed away, a statue in his honour was raised in one of his favourite spots, Church Square.
This was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of St Andrews residents, who came together to collect enough funds to buy a statue for the whole community to enjoy and for his memory to live on!

Happy Valentine's day to everyone! It is the day for giving to the ones you love
14/02/2018

Happy Valentine's day to everyone! It is the day for giving to the ones you love

A special mention to the winners of our fundraiser, the Love Pub Quiz. Well done guys! Thanks to everybody for the parti...
13/02/2018

A special mention to the winners of our fundraiser, the Love Pub Quiz. Well done guys! Thanks to everybody for the participation!

INTRODUCING THE PRINTING AND PUBLICATION TEAM!Hello everyone!(Left) I'm Caprice and I am from Houston, Texas (USA). I st...
07/02/2018

INTRODUCING THE PRINTING AND PUBLICATION TEAM!

Hello everyone!

(Left) I'm Caprice and I am from Houston, Texas (USA). I studied History and Irish Studies at the University of St Thomas and worked at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
(Right) I'm Lauren from Dunfermline, Scotland (UK) and I studied History and French at the University of Dundee, where I volunteered at Dundee University Museum Services.

We are sitting in front of one of the 1,000 cherry trees that were planted around the town and University of St Andrews through a donation made by Japanese benefactor Zenya Hamada. As a gift to the community, Hamada presented these trees as a thank you to St Andrews for allowing him to build a replica of the Old Course in Japan. He also made a donation of his play 'The Sound of Paris' to the University.

The trees may be bare now, but as you can see, they are starting to bloom! Come and see these beautiful trees situated on the Canongate side of the car park of the Botanic Gardens and throughout the town when they are fully blooming in the spring! This particular picture was taken in the Baker Lane close between Market Street and South Street.

You can learn more about Hamada and his contribution to St Andrews in our exhibition Enduring Gifts, opening on the 17th of March 2018!!

It's not hard to imagine that James and Annie would have probably loved this event, as they donated Younger Hall to prov...
31/01/2018
The Saint

It's not hard to imagine that James and Annie would have probably loved this event, as they donated Younger Hall to provide a useful gift not only to the University but also, almost in the same measure, to the whole town community.

Do you know who was the guest of honour at the opening of the Hall, in 1929? Discover it in our exhibition, opening 17th of March!

Zeb Baker-Smith previews the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's return to Younger Hall this evening, where they will perform Beethoven's famous 'Emperor' Concerto.

http://www.thesaint-online.com/2018/01/scottish-chamber-orchestra-emperor-concerto-preview/

Philanthropy has the power to shape many lives, as you will discover in our exhibition. Miss Falconer was an altruistic ...
25/01/2018
Spinster leaves bulk of £4m estate to St Andrews good causes

Philanthropy has the power to shape many lives, as you will discover in our exhibition. Miss Falconer was an altruistic woman throughout her life and her generosity will live on to help the work of many others in the town of St Andrews!

A spinster who dedicated her life to volunteer work in her beloved hometown has gifted the bulk of a £4 million fortune to good causes in the area.

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