Katie, Kelcy, and Leston joined forces to focus on the Jacobite section of the exhibition. The period from 1688 to 1745 that encompasses the Jacobite uprisings was a pivotal point in Scottish history and had huge ramifications for future depictions of the ‘Scottish Warrior’. The three of us had a lot to learn if we wanted to do justice to the topic and explore how nineteenth-century Romantic artists and writers latched onto the Jacobites for inspiration.
We all sought to read a wide variety of books – from folk stories about Jacobite heroes to serious monographs. One of the favorites was Damn’ Rebel Bitches by Maggie Craig, an Aberdonian author, which focused on women during the Jacobite risings. Unfortunately, we found ourselves unable to focus on female Jacobites because of the lack of related objects in the University’s collection and our focus on the nineteenth-century romanticisation of the Jacobites. That turned out to be a common theme for us, having to exclude information we thought was interesting but that turned out not to be super relevant to the exhibition.
As a group, we were able to visit Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre, a trip we wrote a previous blog post about. We also took a trip down to Marischal College to view the items we wanted to include in our case. This was an opportunity for us to handle the targe and also a carved ostrich egg that we ended up not including. Working on the exhibition has provided each of us with challenges, whether it was deciding what information and objects to include, figuring out how to make everything fit in the case, or designing the overall look of the case. But we’ve greatly enjoyed our work and are excited for you to see the finished product!
Come check out our exhibition ‘The Scottish Warrior’ and keep an eye out for more behind the scenes posts on the blog! #UoAScottishWarrior