Exhibition Close Up – ‘Growing Up: different journeys’

Everyone grows up, but what makes an individual a child, an adolescent, or an adult? If there is a common theme it is that everyone gets older and that everyone does it differently.

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The latest exhibition in King’s Museum, curated by a group of 12 MLitt Museum Studies students, opened this month and has already received some great feedback. The exhibition gives an intercultural view on the process of aging to give visitors an insight on how different cultures embrace, celebrate and challenge the process of growth.

Although the exhibition discusses childhood, the students chose not to focus on nostalgia and toys but instead selected a range of objects from around the world, including the coffin of an Egyptian Mummy and an Angolan net suit used in initiation rites to tell the different stories of childhood and growing up in different cultures.

growing up interactiveThe students have been working hard for the past six months to create the exhibition from object selection and writing the interpretation to designing the overall exhibition and all marketing materials, as well as some interactives to remind us of our own childhoods. They’ve created an impressive exhibition and we can’t wait to see what other visitors think of it as well!

‘Growing Up: Different Journeys’ is open in King’s Museum from Tuesday – Friday 1pm-4.30pm until 30 November 2018.

If you have any questions about the exhibition the museum can be contacted at kingsmuseum@abdna.c.uk


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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