‘The Scottish Warrior’ at Gordon Highlanders Museum

Some students working on the upcoming exhibition at King’s Museum tell us about a trip to look at the collections at Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen:

‘At the end of March, Emily, Amanda, Miranda and Robert from the World War and Overseas Soldier groups had the chance to visit the Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen to discuss a potential object loan for the upcoming exhibition on ‘The Scottish Warrior’. The museum explores the history of the Gordon Highlanders Regiment, active from 1794-1994.

We met with the museum’s curator and University of Aberdeen Museum studies alumna, Ruth Duncan, who showed us the objects we thought we might want to borrow. We enjoyed seeing the objects in person that we had been looking at through the museum’s online catalogue. Seeing these objects up close helped us with understanding them a bit more and appreciating how they will fit into the exhibition. Ruth was also on-hand to tell us more information about each of the objects in addition to some of the history of the museum itself and its collections.

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Emily, Robert and Miranda unpacking an embroidered kilt apron under Ruth’s supervision

We looked at a wide range of objects, from an officer’s dirk to a child’s gas mask, along with a soldier’s beautifully embroidered kilt apron. These measurement are important for the Object Team, who had been working on the case layouts. We have to make sure everything fits! Design team member, Miranda, noted that the size of a kilt we wished to be lent from the Gordon Highlander’s Museum might change one of case’s layouts.

After spending some time looking at the objects we were then given the task of deciding which ones to formally request to borrow from the Gordon Highlanders Museum. This was a difficult decision, as we had to make sure that the objects we have on loan are the ones that will best enhance the exhibition. It is also important that these objects help the exhibitions’ themes be better understood by visitors.

Given the topic of ‘The Scottish Warrior’, reaching out to the Gordon Highlanders Museum seemed like a no-brainer! Getting to be involved in organising a loan from another local museum has made the curating process even more exciting and provided us with a great experience of professional collaboration. We are very grateful for the positive responses we have gotten from Ruth and the Gordon Highlanders Museum. Make sure to have a look around Gordon Highlanders next time you are in Aberdeen as it is well worth a visit!

Our exhibition opens early next month so keep an eye on our blog for more information and behind the scenes looks at our exhibition process! #UoAScottishWarrior

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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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