Students at The Hunterian

The Hunterian recognises the value of having a huge community of enthusiastic learners on its doorstep.  We hope you will explore different ways of connecting with us, whether as a volunteer, through formal work placements or as a visitor or participant in our programmes and activities, taking a well-earned break from your studies.

Some of you are far from home while others have families right here that might also enjoy the museum and art gallery. We welcome you all.

Regardless of your discipline of study, you could find something of interest in our varied collections and the volunteering programmes outlined below can help develop various transferrable skills that will enhance any CV.

Whether you hope to hear about opportunities for volunteering or work experience or you just don't want to miss out on news about our events and activities, sign up to our Student Newsletter.  

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Museum Student Educators (MuSE)‎

The Hunterian offers regular public gallery tours led by volunteer student MuSEs (Museum Student Educators) as a work related learning programme. The popular 30-minute tours offer an excellent learning experience for the students and a unique interpretative perspective on our collections for our visitors. 

A MuSE guide giving a tour in the Hunterian Museum

Tours are mainly offered in two of our public venues: the Hunterian Art Gallery and the Hunterian Museum. Recruitment to the programme is by application and interview every September and April. 

Guides receive an induction and basic tour outlines to work with but are very much encouraged to make the tour their own with further research and a personal perspective. Some guides have developed new tours for temporary exhibitions or proposed new themes for the existing displays. The provision of a varied and engaging tour programme is only possible with the contribution of dedicated students, for which we are very grateful.

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We are currently recruiting new MuSEs for the summer! 

If you would like to apply you can find our application form and full role description here. 

Applications are due by 9pm, Tuesday 30 April. 


Whistler from Home with MuSE Rose Berry

A video created by History of Art student and MuSE guide, Rose Berry. She gives an introduction to James Abbott McNeill Whistler and features five of his works on show in the Hunterian Art Gallery. Rose shares with us her own creative interpretation.

The Scottish Colourists with MuSE Belen De Bacco

Watch MuSE Belen's talk about the Scottish Colourists that feature in the Hunterian collections. 

Samuel John Peploe with MuSE Belen De Bacco

In this talk, MuSE Belen discusses Scottish Colourist Samuel John Peploe and his oil painting Tulips in a Pottery Vase, c.1912, currently on display in the Hunterian Art Gallery.

John Duncan Fergusson with MuSE Belen De Bacco

Watch MuSE Belen's talk about Scottish Colourist John Duncan Fergusson, of whose works The Hunterian holds a particularly strong collection.

George Leslie Hunter with MuSE Belen De Bacco

Watch a short video from Hunterian MuSE Belen in which she discusses artist George Leslie Hunter and his work. 

John Duncan Fergusson (Part 2) with MuSE Belen De Bacco

Watch Belen's short film about Scottish Colourist John Duncan Fergusson's oil painting "Anne Estelle Rice in Paris", which is currently on display in the Hunterian Art Gallery.

The Hunterian Dire Wolf with MuSE Jess Bromhead

Watch Hunterian MuSE Jess's short film about The Hunterian's Dire Wolf. 

Lady Shep-en-hor with MuSE Jess Bromhead

Listen to Hunterian MuSE Jess discuss The Hunterian's Lady Shep-en-hor.