Interpreting ‘The Scottish Warrior’

Museum Studies students on the interpretation team tell us about their progress in writing interpretive panels for their upcoming exhibition ‘The Scottish Warrior’:

‘Welcome to our blog discussing what the interpretation and editing team have been up to while preparing for our exhibition ‘The Scottish Warrior’. It has been great fun working on the exhibition, however we have been faced with some challenges, the first being how we are going to approach the broad theme of the ‘Scottish Warrior.’ We knew we wanted to challenge preconceptions of the idea of the Scottish Warrior, but also complement Scotland’s year of History, Heritage and Archaeology (keep an eye out for a future blog about this!) Since deciding on this first step each of us have been working to research our time periods and gain a greater understanding of where the modern perceptions of the Scottish Warrior have originated, an eye-opening process for most of us!

Sophie is writing for the ‘Prehistory’ group and has found particular challenges with the complications surrounding the word ‘prehistory’, such as the vast amount of time and various cultures the word encompasses. Alanna has been interpreting the medieval period and has loved the research she’s been doing and learning more about this fascinating time in Scottish history. Kelcy has struggled with the limited word count as she writes about the Jacobites; there is just so much to tell! For the ‘overseas soldier’ team, Michael has been enjoying his research as he already had a keen interest in imperial Scots after writing his undergraduate dissertation on the union of 1707. As an American, Amanda has enjoyed learning and writing about the World Wars from a new perspective.

interpretation team photo 2

Using our research and working closely with the rest of the team we have been working towards creating a narrative for the exhibition and considering what message we want our visitors to take away from the experience. This has been a learning curve as we try to employ different styles of writing than we are used to and has encouraged us to consider the importance of each objects and exactly what is bring to our interpretation of the ‘Scottish Warrior’. We have been collaborating with the entire class, especially the design and marketing team, to create the content for blogs and social media; this is really enjoyable as it provides a change of pace for us and allows us to provide a richer experience for our audience as you follow our journey!

Look out for our hashtag #UoAScottishWarrior for sneak peaks and behind-the-scenes on the blog and our other social media pages. ‘The Scottish Warrior’ will open 13th June in King’s Museum, we hope to see you there!’

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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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