News round-up: March 2016

A Gowned Student, 1677. University of Aberdeen Picture Collection

March has been a busy month in Special Collections as staff delivered talks and prepared displays for various local groups and visiting students.

3rd March 2016 – Danestone Local History Group Talk

The King’s College Project Archivist Mary Sabiston delivered a talk to the Danestone Local History Group discussing the ‘Life of a 17th century student’ at King’s College. The talk covered the calendar and timetable of the students, their curriculum and of course discipline at the college. The talk was inspired by a series of tweets and blog post which were created as part of the National ‘Explore your archives’ campaign. The original blog can be found here.

10th March 2016 – Granite City Photography Group Visit

Fourteen members of the Granite City Photography Group attended a talk and display by the Deputy Archivist Andrew MacGregor about the renowned George Washington Wilson photographic collection. Based in Torry the Granite City Photography Group was set up in June 2014. The idea of the group is to promote learning through both internal and external experience and through regular friendly competitions and challenges and guest speakers as well as encouraging social interaction between members. A guide to some of the GWW material held in Special Collections and a list of the items on display can be found here: GWW sources.

15th March 2016 – Grampian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Visit

On 15th March, Special Collections Centre hosted a visit from 16 members of the Grampian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (GDFAS). The group were shown an exhibition of some 15 treasures from the collections, including a 15th century Dutch book of hours. Glucksman Conservation Centre conservators also talked about their current restorative work on papyri and the Book of Esther.

A list of the items on display can be found here: Grampian Decorative Arts Group.

29th March 2016 – Visit by RGU Students

Special Collections were delighted to co-host a visit by 17 students from this year’s intake on Robert Gordon University’s MSc Information and Library Studies programme. Accompanied by their Head of Department of Information Management, Professor Peter Reid, the group were given an introduction to the Sir Duncan Rice Library by Janet MacKay, before touring the building with Ewan Grant and Keith O’Sullivan. The students were taken ‘behind the scenes’ and shown our various stores and the Glucksman Conservation Centre.



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