The Hunterian Collections Study Centre

The Hunterian Collections Study Centre

Kelvin Hall teaching lab

Kelvin Hall is now open and our unique new study centre and storage facilities are operational.

The next stage of our evolution

Since opening its doors to the public in 1807, The Hunterian has been changing and evolving. Our succession of relocations, from London to Glasgow in the 19th century, then from the city centre to the new University of Glasgow campus on Gilmorehill in 1870, and the multiple venue developments of the 20th century, have enabled greater use of our collections for research, teaching and learning.

The next stage of our evolution at Kelvin Hall, provides exciting opportunities for growth and change. The new Hunterian facilities and co-location of university, civic and national cultural heritage partners at Kelvin Hall not only forge new academic practice and opportunity around the collections, but also create a new cultural destination for Scotland and the UK.


The Hunterian Collections Study Centre

The Hunterian Collections Study Centre is the first purpose-designed facility in the Higher Education sector offering innovative object-based research, teaching and training for a wide educational audience. It features a state-of-the-art central collections depot, object study rooms, teaching labs, conservation and digitisation studios and dedicated conference suite.

The Collections Study Centre operates as an Object Laboratory, in which museum collections and objects are selected and delivered into purpose-designed teaching and study spaces according to academic, educational or curatorial training purposes.

The Centre will service classes and research activities drawn from across the University of Glasgow and its partners, at all levels from undergraduate through postgraduate and lifelong learning, encouraging greater use of the collections and enriching arts, humanities and sciences education. External researchers and interested members of the public can request access to the collections by appointment.


Public access to Kelvin Hall

Visitors have drop-in access to the café and along the Avenue, which features the  Collections Showcase and individual partners displays. The National Library of Scotland offers drop-in access to its Moving Image Archive. Both The Hunterian and Glasgow Museums stores are accessible by booked tour

Glasgow Club at Kelvin Hall operates a state of the art health and fitness centre incorporating an 8 court multipurpose sports hall, 4 court gymnastics hall, 3 dedicated group fitness studios and the largest fitness gym in the city. 


How to access The Hunterian Collections

The Hunterian is home to one of the largest University museum collections in the world. Moving our 1.5 million objects and specimens from 9 different locations to our purpose built store at Kelvin Hall is a major task. We are locating all of our study collections at Kelvin Hall and anticipate that the final objects will move in by the end of 2017.

The state-of-the-art storage facilities at Kelvin Hall allow our collections to come together for the first time in an accessible location for researchers, students and the public.

  • 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 hunterian-collections@glasgow.ac.uk


Student Study Space

The Hunterian Reading Room at Kelvin Hall can be used by University of Glasgow postgraduate students on relevant courses and staff and visiting researchers with a relevant interest in The Hunterian collections. Space is limited and access is managed by The Hunterian. To request access please contact Ruth Fletcher with details of:

  • Date and length of time required.
  • Preference with regards to PC or laptop.
  • Purpose /subject of research.

Academy for Cultural and Heritage Skills

The newly created Academy for Cultural and Heritage Skills offers next-generation and in-service training, together with continuing professional development to the museum and cultural heritage sectors, nationally and internationally.