University of Aberdeen Museums does Explorathon

One of our museum volunteers assistants tells us about her recent involvement in a pub quiz event held by the museums as part of Explorathon 2016:

download‘Recently, Aberdeen museum took part in Explorathon Scotland, a celebration of European Researcher’s held all across Scotland. The University of Aberdeen is one of the universities which help to co-ordinate these series of events, and have done for the past three years and this year the University Museums took part in an exciting pub quiz as part of the researchers’ night.

You might think that a pub quiz would be easy to write, but unfortunately not! Wording is a key component and trying to make sure that the question is clear but not giving the answer away is somewhat difficult, as all involved with the questions for the quiz soon found out.

First there was a University round, followed by a picture round and finally we had an object investigation round. We also created a Scottish general knowledge round which ended up as the tie breaker.

I was involved in helping with researching the museums’ collections for the quiz and creating questions, particularly for the Scottish history round. The thought processes behind this round was to try and keep it general for everyone involved in the quiz yet create questions inspired by the museums’ collections.

The object round had lots of interesting and different artefacts from around the world.  Some of the objects included were linked to different TV shows such as obsidian, which is also known as Dragon glass on the hit HBO show ‘Game of Thrones’. We also saw some Icelandic spar, which is shown on the History Channel show ‘Vikings’ where it is referred to as a sunstone. Some objects used in the quiz also linked to the current exhibition in King’s Museum ‘The Land Endures: Bringing Sunset Song to Life’ including a Quaich and a 19th century iron stand that displays symbols of Glasgow’s coat of arms.

The pub quiz was a successful night for all involved, and it was a close call between the winners. Underdog were very generous with their prizes and we are sure that the rest of the Exploraton events were as successful and fun!’

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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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