Hunterian Friends

Hunterian Friends

Hunterian Friends enjoy unlimited free access to our special exhibitions and a varied programme of exclusive events led by our Director and curatorial colleagues while supporting the nation's leading university museum and one of Scotland's most important cultural assets.  

The entire collection cared for by The Hunterian was the first to be Recognised as a Collection of National Significance to Scotland. 

Built on William Hunter’s founding bequest, the collections include scientific instruments used by James Watt, Joseph Lister and Lord Kelvin; outstanding Roman artefacts from the Antonine Wall; major natural sciences holdings; one of the world’s greatest numismatic collections; impressive ethnographic objects from the Pacific Ocean; a major collection of Scottish art; and one of the UK’s top six graphic art collections.

Friends EventThe Hunterian is also home to the world’s largest permanent display of the work of James McNeill Whistler, the largest single holding of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and The Mackintosh House, the reassembled interiors from his Glasgow home.

Hunterian Friends give vital support and make a direct contribution towards new exhibitions and galleries, our education and conservation work, and to new acquisitions.

 Director's Choice Member's EventHunterian Friends will receive a number of exclusive benefits:

  • Free and unlimited admission to all charged Hunterian special exhibitions
  • Free admission to The Mackintosh House
  • Programme of exclusive Members events led by Hunterian curators
  • Invitation to special viewings of new exhibitions, led by curators
  • 15% discount in our shops
  • Regular communication on Hunterian activities
  • Opportunities to participate behind the scenes in collection related activity
  • Lectures by curators and visiting professionals

‌‌‌Annual Membership

Individual £25.00
Dual £40.00
Student £10.00
University of Glasgow Staff / Alumni £20.00

Download Friends Membership Application Form  


Hunterian Friends Events

Hunterian Friends Events


Ingenious Impressions

Thursday 5 March 2015
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Hunterian Art Gallery
Tickets: £15.00 per Friend

Exhibition curator Julie Gardham from the University of Glasgow Library will introduce Friends to this stunning new exhibition that charts the development of the early printed book in Europe. The University holds one of the UK’s most important collections of early printed books or incunabula and more than half comes from the collection of Hunterian founder Dr William Hunter.

To book, download and return our Ingenious Impressions Booking Form.

Email: Eleanor.Capaldi@glasgow.ac.uk 

Please note, the closing date for bookings is Thursday 26 February 2015.


Explore Egypt

Thursday 9 April 2015
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Hunterian Museum
Tickets: £15.00 per Friend

Friends are invited to join Hunterian curator Dr Sally-Anne Coupar and Scotland’s leading Egyptologist Dr Angela McDonald to explore The Hunterian’s fascinating Egyptian collections, including objects from some of the most important excavations of the 20th century. This event is supported by Glengoyne Distillery and Friends will have the opportunity to taste some of their excellent malts in a Whisky and Chocolate matching.

To book, download and return our Explore Egypt Booking Form.

Email: Eleanor.Capaldi@glasgow.ac.uk

Please note, the closing date for bookings is Thursday 2 April 2015.


Lyon & Turnbull Lecture and Lunch

Friday 8 May 2015 
11.30am
The Lighthouse, Glasgow
Tickets: 10 complimentary tickets available

Our sponsors Lyon & Turnbull invite Friends to a lecture by expert Colin Fraser, followed by lunch and an exclusive preview of highlights from their Inaugural Jacobean Auction, showcasing the art and relics of the Jacobites, their supporters and adversaries. Coffee on arrival, pre-lunch drinks at 12.15pm and lunch at 1.00pm.

To book, download and return our Lyon & Turnbull Lecture & Lunch Booking Form .

Email: Eleanor.Capaldi@glasgow.ac.uk

Please note, the closing date for bookings is Friday 1 May 2015.


Curator’s Insight: Duncan Shanks Sketchbooks

Monday 11 May 2015
2.00pm – 4.00pm
Hunterian Art Gallery
Tickets: £20.00 per Friend - limited to 10 people

Leading Scottish landscape painter, Duncan Shanks, recently made a major gift to The Hunterian of his entire output of sketchbooks from the past 45 years. This important addition to our collection has been catalogued, photographed and conserved and a selection forms the special focus display Duncan Shanks Sketchbooks. At this intimate event, Hunterian curator Anne Dulau Beveridge will give Friends a personal tour of the display, offering expert insight.

To book, download and return our Duncan Shanks Booking Form.

Email: Eleanor.Capaldi@glasgow.ac.uk

Please note, the closing date for bookings is Monday 4 May 2015.


Lusitania Medals

Thursday 4 June 2015
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Hunterian Museum
Tickets: £15.00 per Friend

As part of the continuing WWI commemorations, Dr Donal Bateson, Hunterian Senior Curator and Reader in Numismatics, outlines the story behind the medals created in the wake of the Lusitania sinking of 1915. Medals originating in both Germany and Britain form part of the display, the designs of which caused a furore at the time. Friends will discover their origin and the journey which led to them becoming part of The Hunterian collection.

To book, download and return our Lusitania Medals Booking Form.

Email: Eleanor.Capaldi@glasgow.ac.uk

Please note, the closing date for bookings is Thursday 28 May 2015.


Cradle of Scotland

Thursday 10 September 2015
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Hunterian Art Gallery
Tickets: £15.00 per Friend

Hunterian Director Professor David Gaimster and colleagues from the University of Glasgow and Perth Museum and Art Gallery will talk about Cradle of Scotland, a major new collaborative exhibition featuring remarkable archaeological finds from Forteviot in Perthshire, a site of medieval significance. Friends will explore the original artefacts presented alongside replicas and visualisations and the latest advances in archaeological technology.

To book, download and return our Cradle of Scotland Booking Form.

Email: Eleanor.Capaldi@glasgow.ac.uk

Please note, the closing date for bookings is Thursday 3 September 2015.


Traveller’s Tails

Thursday 8 October 2015
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Hunterian Museum
Tickets: £15.00 per Friend

Friends will join Hunterian curators to explore this new display developed in partnership with the National Maritime Museum and inspired by the painting The Kongouro from New Holland by George Stubbs. Friends will have the opportunity to enjoy the display and its themes of art, science and exploration.

To book, download and return our Traveller's Tails Booking Form.

Email: Eleanor.Capaldi@glasgow.ac.uk

Please note, the closing date for bookings is Thursday 1 October 2015.


A Century of Style: Costume and Colour 1800 – 1899

Friday 20 November 2015
10.00am – 11.30am
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
Tickets: £20.00 per Friend

A rare opportunity for Friends with an interest in fashion, courtesy of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum’s important collection of 19th century European costume. Friends will enjoy a private tour of the new exhibition A Century of Style: Costume and Colour 1800-1899 with curator Rebecca Quinton. Arranged thematically by colour, it covers a hundred years of costume, exploring the use of colour within a political, economic, social and technological context. Followed by coffee.

To book, download and return our A Century of Style Booking Form.

Email: Eleanor.Capaldi@glasgow.ac.uk

Please note, the closing date for bookings is Friday 13 November 2015.


Scottish Art, Poetry and Music

Thursday 3 December 2015
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Hunterian Art Gallery
Tickets: £15.00 per Friend

Following the success of last year’s event, Friends will meet Professor Alan Riach from the Department of Scottish Literature and enjoy an evening of music and readings of works by some of Scotland’s foremost poets, specially written in response to items in The Hunterian collections.

To book, download and return our Scottish Art Poetry and Music Booking Form.

Email: Eleanor.Capaldi@glasgow.ac.uk

Please note, the closing date for bookings is Thursday 26 November 2015.


Previous Hunterian Friends Events can be found here.