Fiji is Coming to Aberdeen- Exhibition Preparation

An update about our next exciting exhibition at King’s Museum. Blog written by Neil Curtis, Head of Museums.  

Almost there! The previous exhibition, Nunalleq, is being dismantled today, it has been very well received, displaying a combination of items from the museum collection and ones recently excavated in Alaska and displayed with permission of the community there and co-curated with staff of the University’s Archaeology Department.

The next exhibition, ‘Fiji, Scotland and the making of Empire’ is the result of other partnerships. We have been very fortunate to be part of the Pacific Collections Review, a partnership also involving National Museums Scotland, Perth Museum and Glasgow Museums. That project has been discovering how important the Aberdeen collections are and the links between the different collections, as well as improving the information on the catalogues. At the same time, we have been working with the Fijian Art Project. This is based in the University of East Anglia in Norwich  and the University of Cambridge funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The projector director, Professor Steven Hooper, has studied the University of Aberdeen’s collection and is co-curator of the exhibition.

Fiji poster small

The posters have been printed and will be sent out soon. Our student volunteers will also be given posters to take to places around Aberdeen. Let us know if you can put up a poster! Interpretation panels and captions are now with the printers, and the objects being packed up by Nicole (the Museum’s consevator) and Hannah (our Museums Galleries Scotland intern) ready for taking to the museum.

Neil Curtis


About uoamuseums

The University of Aberdeen's Museums include King’s Museum and the University's Zoology Museum. The museums can claim to be Scotland's oldest, with records of museums and collections as far back as the late 17th century. Thanks to their status as a Recognised Collection of national significance, the Zoology Museum’s displays are currently being improved, while King's Museum hosts changing exhibitions drawn from across the collections, particularly those formerly in Marischal Museum. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the museums, and there are no charges for admission. Marischal College now houses the Museums Collections Centre, caring for and conserving many of the collections.
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