Museum University Student Educators (MUSE)
In June 2011, The Hunterian introduced regular public gallery tours led by student MUSEs (Museum University Student Educators) under the Club 21 work related learning programme created by the University’s Careers Service. Since then, the programme has gone from strength to strength. The popular 30-minute tours offer an excellent learning experience to the students and a unique interpretative perspective on our collections for our visitors. The public response has been extremely enthusiastic.
During 2012, 43 students, from a variety of Arts based disciplines, participated in the programme, with a sustained cohort of around 20, mostly undergraduates. Planned recruitment in 2013 seeks to increase the group in order to meet the demands of a fuller and more varied programme of tours. Growing interest from students from science based disciplines will increase our impact across the University’s four Colleges. In 2012, a total of 505 tours were delivered to 2,336 visitors and this activity is expected to increase significantly in 2013.
I like the feeling of knowing you have had an impact on someone else’s day and made their visit more enjoyable. It is also good to feel part of a larger organisation different from everyday university life.
Eleanor Dillon, 4th Year MA Classics/English Literature
I enjoy the rush of pride I feel in myself, the MUSE programme, The Hunterian and the University when a group of visitors applauds at the end of a tour. Delivering tours has given me a sense of achievement and purpose outside my studies by doing something extra-curricular which I think is really worthwhile for my own personal development and the community.
Mairi Hamilton, 3rd Year MA History