Museum Students Visit to the Grassic Gibbon Centre

With the opening of their new exhibition today, one of our Museum Studies students tells us about the class trip to the Grassic Gibbon Centre in order to find out more about the theme of their exhibition, Sunset Song:

‘In preparation for the new student curated exhibition The Land Endures: Bringing Sunset Song to Life the team took a daytrip to Arbuthnott to visit the Grassic Gibbon Centre in order to gain a deeper understanding of Lewis Grassic Gibbon as a person and what inspired him to write his iconic Sunset Song.

ggb 4The exhibition space of the centre tells the life of the author, describing the most important events of his life through the use of original objects and items from the period. Among the many facts that we discovered on our trip what we found particularly interesting was that although Lewis Grassic Gibbon was his pen name, his real name was Jamie Leslie Mitchell and published 18 novels and short stories, an impressive feat for a man of only 34!

ggb 6After visiting the centre, we visited a rural church nearby in which a grave is set in the memory of Lewis Grassic Gibbon. This gave us the chance to explore one of the local settings used in the film adaptation of Sunset Song (2015) by Terence Davies, which was partly shot in Aberdeenshire.

Thanks to the sunny weather the countryside of the North East appeared hard and astonishing at the same time, with a breathless combination of warm and cold tones. Seeing this amazing countryside was a great opportunity for an adventure for the team and has inspired us even more in our mission to bring Sunset Song to life.

The team strongly recommend a visit to the Grassic Gibbon Centre for the accuracy of the exhibition space and the friendly staff!’

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The Land Endures: Bringing Sunset Song to Life will be open in King’s Museum from 7 June – 30 November 2016. Opening Times Tuesday – Saturday 11.30am – 4.30pm.

Written by Museum Studies Student, Marianna D’Onofrio




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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