A visit to the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

In preparation for our exhibit opening in June, all the MLitt Museum Studies team took a trip up to Fraserburgh to the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses. We went to look at items we could use for a student-led exhibition for King’s museum that will open in June.

The group observes the Fraserburgh Lighthouse Museum’s vast collection of lenses

The group observes the Scottish Lighthouse Museum’s vast collection of lenses

As well as showing us their amazing objects the staff at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses were also kind enough to give us a tour of the lighthouse at Fraserburgh, one of the oldest in Scotland! We were taken to the room the lighthouse worker would live in, sometimes with his whole family and learned a great deal about the lives of these men.

The group get to enjoy the views from the top of the lighthouse

The group get to enjoy the views from the top of the lighthouse

The group get to enjoy the views from the top of the lighthouse

The group get to enjoy the views from the top of the lighthouse

We were taken to the top of the lighthouse, where we were able to see the lens in action (without the light on) and got an amazing view from the balcony.

After all that excitement we relaxed with some tea and coffee and we all decided that Neil should pursue a career as a lighthouse keeper as he suits the uniform so well!

Museum Studies student Neil takes a liking to the lighthouse keeper uniform

Museum Studies student Neil takes a liking to the lighthouse keeper uniform

We are still in the early stages but will keep you updated with the progress of our exhibition planning!

The MLitt Museum Studies Team

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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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