Student volunteers help out all around the museums; welcoming visitors to exhibitions, cleaning and cataloguing objects, and volunteering at our events. As well as this societies such as the Malt Whisky Society and the Celtic Society have been teaming up with the museums to participate in show-and-tells of historic objects during their events.
Now, the students that work with the museum have helped us to create an exhibition including all of their favourite objects from the collections. All the objects were selected, researched and written about by the students.
President of the Celtic Society, Tasha Madigan, was immediately drawn to this Gaelic prayer book and states:
“It’s wee objects like this that keep us connected to our culture’s history and it was wonderful to learn the story behind this book.”
King’s Museum volunteer Jana Bielikova loves these Inuit snow Goggles, describing them as:
“a wonderfully creative and simple solution to the problem of being blinded by the sun.”
Anja Meyer, the President of the Malt Whisky Society chose to include these Pictish beads in the exhibition, remarking:
“I admire the skill necessary to create the beads. Having a look at when in history people made these just shows how easy it is for us to underestimate our ancestors.”
Zoology Museum volunteer Brendan Latham chose to include this Sea mouse from the Dornoch Firth as he grew up on the Isle of Harris and was fascinated to discover that these creatures were around him and he never knew:
“When life is difficult, I derive immense satisfaction from considering that there are always marvellous creatures somewhere out there.”
The exhibition ‘Student Favourites’ will be on display in James Mackay Hall Art Space in King’s College until September 2016. Come along to see more objects selected and written about by our students!