News round-up: March – May 2019

21st March 2019 – Jewish Festival of Purim  

Paul Logie assisted with the annual display of the Scroll of Esther (MS 1004), the local Jewish community’s celebration of the Festival of Purim. The event, held in the Chaplaincy Centre, involves the Rabbi reading from the scroll and is conducted in a carnival like atmosphere. Special Collections have rich collections of Judaica and Hebraica and a detailed guide to these can be found here: qghcol008.

24th-25th May 2019 – May Festival events

Museums and Special Collections staged its popular bookbinding workshop and talk as part of the May Festival programme on the 24th May followed by a Collections Close-Up event on the 25th May.


Brannah Mackenzie, Book Conservator, welcomed 15 visitors to the Glucksman Conservation Centre to demonstrate the process of creating a mini notebook before Jane Pirie, Rare Books Cataloguer, discussed the beautiful bindings of some of the books held in Special Collections and what they can teach us about the provenance and history of the book.


The following day 83 people attended the Collections Close-up event. Michelle Gait, Jan Smith and Jane Pirie each chose a favourite book from our Islamic treasures and were on hand to turn the pages and answer questions about the books. More information about the display can be found here: Collections Close-up May 2019

Image of bees from the Bestiary (MS 24; f63r)

Other recent events included the opening of our new exhibition in the Gallery on the 18th March ‘Substance to Style’, a tour of Special Collections and the Conservation Centre for Robert Gordon University MSc ILS students’ on the 28th March and the loan of our outstanding Bestiary (MS 24) to the Getty Center in Los Angeles as part of a major exhibition entitled Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World running from the 14th May – 18th August 2019. 



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