Black History Month: The Hunterian Talks


Join our curators via Zoom every Tuesday this October for a special series of free talks. Each will explore The Hunterian collection's cultural legacy from a different area of expertise, investigating Scotland's complicity in slavery and colonialism to reveal a more truthful rendering of the past.

The Hunterian is the oldest public museum in Scotland (1807), in one of the oldest Scottish universities (1451) and is deeply rooted in Scotland's complex and problematic history. Cultural heritage sites recognise that for years they have been complicit in perpetuating the ideologies of the previous centuries. The Hunterian is continuing this conversation by widening the range of responses to the objects held in its collections.

1.00pm, Tuesday 5 October
Jeanne Robinson, Curator of Entomology
Trading in insects and souls – naturalist Henry Smeathman in 18th century Sierra Leone
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1.00pm, Tuesday 12 October
Dr John Faithfull, Curator of Mineralogy
A story from The Hunterian mineral collections: British profits, gold mining and enslaved labour in Brazil
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1.00pm, Tuesday 19 October
Dr Andy Mills, Curator for Archaeology and World Cultures
African Art collections at The Hunterian
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1.00pm, Tuesday 26 October
Zandra Yeaman, Curator of Discomfort
The Barbados Pineapple Penny
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First published: 27 September 2021

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