Karen Lury

Inspiring people
Karen Lury

Professor of Film & Television Studies

The transfer of more than one million objects from the University’s Hunterian Museum to a new home in the Kelvin Hall has inspired a £1m project looking at the concept and practice of collecting, generating a new spirit of enlightenment in the great University of Glasgow tradition.  

Inspired by the dynamic collaboration at the heart of the Kelvin Hall project between The Hunterian, Glasgow Life and the Scottish Screen Archive, Professor Karen Lury devised the Collections Studentships Project funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

She says, ‘When considering the implications of these hugely diverse objects being made accessible for the first time in the Kelvin Hall, it struck me that there was a common thread that unites the concept of collecting across the University. Whether you are a medic, art historian or geologist, there are common concerns, such as consent, privacy and ethics that inform all kinds of collection.

‘The Kelvin Hall creates a hub for discovering and sharing knowledge between staff, students and the public in a way never previously attempted, facilitating serendipitous connections between and across these collections that will only make you want to find out more.’