The Transformation of Glasgow Zoology

Published: 30 April 2024

POSTPONED - Discover the history of Zoology in Glasgow with the University of Glasgow

POSTPONED - Due to unforseen circumstances this event will no longer run as part of Glasgow Science Festival in June. We are working to bring it to you later in the year and will update soon. 



Discover the amazing transformation of zoology research in Glasgow at this exciting day out. Drop in and explore the Zoology museum on your own or join a lecture, tour of the building or immersive oyster habitat workshop. Gain access to materials to guide you through the history of Zoology research leading up to present day at the University of Glasgow celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Graham Kerr Building.

1. Drop in and explore

Drop-in and explore the Zoology museum within the Graham Kerr building any time between 1:45-4:45pm. Enjoy refreshments from 3:10pm and be introduced to a new book about the history of Glasgow Zoology. 

2. The Transformation of Glasgow Zoology Lecture

Hear about the amazing transformation of zoology research in Glasgow. Join us for an interesting lecture by Professor Roger Downie which covers the history of Glasgow Zoology, starting with the origins of the Hunterian Museum and Graham Kerr’s expeditions to South America which led to the opening of the Graham Kerr building in 1923. Leading up to the research carried out in the building today. 

3. Take a Guided Tour

Join a guided tour of the Graham Kerr Building. This will enable you to access additional areas that you cannot see without a tour in addition to the Zoology Museum such as the new teaching labs and discover specimins. 

4. Sounds of Restoration: Oyster Habitats in Scotland's Nature Transformation Workshop

Embark on a journey of nature restoration in Glasgow! Immerse yourself in the transformative sounds of oyster habitats, connecting the dots between research, marine site restoration, and the ever-evolving nature of Scotland. Learn about oyster habitats and how crucial these are for marine restoration. Face a timed orientation challenge, guided only by sound to navigate evolving landscapes and create visual representations of the sounds encountered through drawing. This collaborative effort brings together researchers from the School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow and the passionate advocates of Wild Bannockburn, a grassroots environmental initiative.


First published: 30 April 2024