Beyond the Bookstack: Behind the Scenes in Hunter's Library

Wednesday 12 December 2018
3.00pm - 6.00pm
Hunterian Art Gallery and University of Glasgow Library Special Collections
Admission free - booking required

William Hunter amassed an incredible library of 10,000 books and manuscripts. Often cited as one of the finest 18th century libraries to remain intact, the exhibition William Hunter and the Anatomy of the Modern Museum features many of its wonderful treasures. Now in the care of the Library's Special Collections.

Have you ever wondered who uses these books today and what Special Collections does to preserve them for future generations? And how does this 'behind the scenes' work contribute to exhibitions?

At this special event, Michelle Craig and Alicia Hughes will discuss their current doctoral research on provenance in the library and Hunter's collection of anatomical prints and drawings, and book conservator Keira McKee will outline the kind of conservation work that is required to exhibit old and fragile rare books. You will have opportunity to explore more books and manuscripts from Hunter's Library in a special pop up display and talk informally with the speakers about their work.

Mince pies and wine will follow the event, with an opportunity to view the current Special Collections foyer display Spotlight on a Salesroom featuring items that Hunter acquired at the sales of Dr Richard Mead.

Programme Details
3.00pm - Hunterian Art Gallery: Optional tour of the exhibition William Hunter and the Anatomy of the Modern Museum focusing on a selection of the books displayed from his renowned
4.00pm - Special Collections, University of Glasgow Library (Level 12): Three short talks on aspects of Hunter's Library with a 'pop up' exhibition of more books and manuscripts from his collection and viewing of display Spotlight on a Salesroom
5.00pm - Mince pies and wine reception

Book your place via Bookitbee.


First published: 19 November 2018

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