Pressed for (all) time

Amy Crawford, MGS Funded Museum Engagement Officer   The herbarium is an often-overlooked part of our museum collections. Housing over 13,000 specimens from Angus to Darjeeling, the room is rather magical. Behind every small door is a collated stack of pressed plant specimens. The herbarium (Latin – hortus siccus – dry garden) is often mistaken…Continue Reading Pressed for (all) time

World Breastfeeding Week 2021

“Calm down, they’re just having lunch”   University of Dundee Museums partnered with Breast Buddies Dundee for World Breastfeeding Week 2021.  The Museum Engagement team edited images from their Fine Art collections in an effort to catch your eye and share information across social media platforms. This important campaign isn’t about promoting “breast is best” –…Continue Reading World Breastfeeding Week 2021

Dundee – ‘Picturing the City’ Online Exhibition

A new online exhibition curated by Museum Services is now available to view here. Dundee ‘Picturing the City’ explores how artists have depicted the city’s natural and built environment throughout the years. From gloriously gloomy oil paintings of the Seagate to Bright watercolours of Dundee harbour, join us on this exploration through the streets and…Continue Reading Dundee – ‘Picturing the City’ Online Exhibition

Decolonising the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

If you missed the Decolonising the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum event, the recording is now available on YouTube: Like many natural history museums, D’Arcy Thompson’s zoology collection was largely acquired during the colonial era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the museum’s specimens come from colonies and dominions of the British…Continue Reading Decolonising the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

The Nature of Empire – Decolonising the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

Wed 26 May 6pm – 7.15pm Like many natural history museums, D’Arcy Thompson’s zoology collection was largely acquired during the colonial era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the museum’s specimens come from colonies and dominions of the British Empire as well as the colonies of other European countries. Often, these…Continue Reading The Nature of Empire – Decolonising the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

In D’Arcy Thompson’s Footsteps

D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson is best known for his ground-breaking book On Growth and Form, which laid the foundations for the science of mathematical biology. However that was just one of his many publications, and Museum Services recently staged a fascinating online event in collaboration with Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA, exploring D’Arcy’s 1895 book A Glossary of…Continue Reading In D’Arcy Thompson’s Footsteps

Public Art Tour of Dundee Waterfront by Matthew Jarron

The latest virtual walking tour by University museum curator Matthew Jarron focuses on Dundee’s waterfront. While the previous videos were made using Google Streetview, this one mostly takes place off-road and so was filmed in person on a glorious sunny day in September. The tour covers both familiar landmarks and overlooked artworks, starting at Doug…Continue Reading Public Art Tour of Dundee Waterfront by Matthew Jarron