Research at The Hunterian

Research at The Hunterian

The Hunterian carries out a vibrant programme of research which casts light on our collections as well as contributing to the research impact of the University of Glasgow.

Our research covers a wide range of subjects from palaeontology and geology to Roman archaeology and key figures in Scottish and international art. Many of these projects are of international importance, such as the first in-depth analysis into the architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and specialist cataloguing of The Hunterian’s important collection of Greek coins.

Our Academic Advisory Board, with representatives from across the University, inform our research strategy and drive new opportunities for academic engagement with our colleagues.

Our public programme is now increasingly research driven, with research contributing to our educational activities and our special exhibitions. For example we are currently carrying out a major research project to celebrate the tercentenary of the birth of the portraitist Allan Ramsay, which will result in an exhibition, publication and conference from September 2013.


Access to our Collections

Access to our Collections

Over 1.5 million items from our collections are now being moved to state-of-the-art storage, study and research facilities at Kelvin Hall - the Glasgow landmark building transformed by a partnership between the University, city of Glasgow and the National Library of Scotland.

These new facilities allow our collections to come together for the first time in an accessible location for staff, students and the public.

We are currently assessing, packing and moving over 1.5 million objects and specimens to Kelvin Hall and expect this process to be complete by late 2017.

Access to our collections for study, research and teaching is temporarily limited but items will be made available where possible.

If you have any enquiries regarding collections access during this period please contact Malcolm Chapman, Head of Collections Management at The Hunterian.

  • Please note that access to The Hunterian collections at Kelvin Hall is by appointment only.
  • All enquiries should be sent to The Hunterian Collections Management Team by email at least 20 working days in advance with details of what you require and for what purpose.
  • There is a limit to the number of objects/specimens available to researchers on each visit.
  • All researchers will be supervised at all times.
  • To request access please email

Our venues on the University of Glasgow campus, which include The Hunterian Museum, Hunterian Art Gallery and The Mackintosh House, remain open as usual.