Our newest MLitt Museum Studies students tell us a little more about their upcoming exhibition which will discuss the ‘Scottish Warrior’:
‘Hello, and welcome to the first blog for the exhibition ‘The Scottish Warrior’. This exhibition is being curated by fifteen students at the University of Aberdeen studying towards a Master of Letters in Museum Studies. We come from a variety of educational and social background as well as coming from all around the world. Our team is made up of a handful of Scottish people, various Europeans, a few Americans and even a Trinidadian. We are all bringing something unique to the course, along with various perspectives, coming from previous degrees in History and Archaeology, Psychology, Design and Literature.
In line with the Scottish Government’s announcement that 2017 will be a Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology for Scotland, our exhibition aims to explore ideas and understanding about the Scottish Warrior today. With a time span from pre-history to the World Wars our exhibition draws largely on the University’s collection, complemented by loans from the Gordon Highlanders Museums (keep an eye out for a blog post about this!). As a team with various backgrounds and perspectives, we are trying to create a unique approach to this topic by examining how perceptions of the Scottish Warrior have developed in the past and influence out modern ideas of what the ‘Scottish Warrior’ is or was.
So far it has certainly been an interesting learning experience, with each individual choosing to focus on one of five important time periods in Scottish history. This has allowed us to develop a more in-depth understanding of the Scottish Warrior and we’ve all learned a lot about Scottish history and culture.
Our exhibition ‘The Scottish Warrior’ will be opening in June at King’s Museum; we hope to see you there! In the meantime, keep an eye out on the blog and our social media channels for updates. Look out for #UoAScottishWarrior for sneak peaks and behind the scenes!’