“Wow that’s really old, is that as old as my Gran?”

Gillian- School

Gillian Macnee tells us why she loves working as the Learning and Access Curator at the University of Aberdeen Museums:

The museum has so many beautiful objects with fascinating histories, but it is people’s enjoyment of the objects and bringing their own personal stories to them that really makes it all worthwhile for me.  I love working with families, as I love working with people of all ages.  Children ask the most wonderful questions, they aren’t afraid of asking things, they have no social boundaries when they are young, and often their questions make you look at objects in a totally different light, because they come at it from such unusual angles.



At a recent event which was all about the stars, I was showing a family some meteorites, and explaining that they were millions of years old. A wee boy said “wow that’s really old, is that as old as my Gran?” His Gran promptly burst into laughter, saying she hoped the meteorites were a little bit older! It is lovely seeing children trying to understand time, and getting their head round the concept of millions of years, and obviously for him old meant his Gran, he was making a comparison with the oldest thing he could think of!

The best time of year for me in my job is May when we have our annual event “Night at the Museums”.  I love being able to work with different freelancers and students to bring the museums to life. With real animals, storytelling, face painting and handling real ancient objects, there is never a dull moment!

Hopefully I will see you all at this year’s Night at the Museums!



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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