A Student’s Night at the Museum

Museum Studies student, Jen tells us about her role in our recent Night at the Museum event:

IMG_1577.JPG‘The University of Aberdeen Museums latest event, Night at the Museum – Animal Armoury was a very fun-filled night. As a Museum Studies student it was part of my studies to develop some crafts and activities for the night. With the idea of camouflage in mind we developed a Jungle in 90 High Street event space to set the scene for object handling and many more fun activities we had planned!

jen blog 2Many of us spent a lot of time over the past few weeks preparing the jungle so we were so happy that the night was a success and so many visitors came to the jungle to get involved. They had a great time trying to spot the camouflaged animals in our interactive game on display and match the weapons with the animals that inspired their creation.

The opportunity to hold ancient weapons (and some ancient animals) from the Museum’s collections was very popular; visitors had the chance to handle and model a 19th century shield from Burma, a sawfish rostrum and an antelope’s skull so that they could learn more about weaponry and how animals have inspired them.

jen blog 1This large family even was very popular and enjoyable for all ages, getting the opportunity to see the museums at night and get involved in the activities on offer was great fun even as a volunteer, I will definitely be coming to the next one!’

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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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