Online Events Archive

Old Ways New Roads: The Musical Tour of the Highlands

Tuesday 16 March 2021
5.30pm - 7.00pm
Free - via Zoom

Join us for an evening of music and talks celebrating Scotland's musical heritage. Old Ways New Roads: The Musical Tour of the Highlands will take place via a live zoom webinar, chaired by Professor Nigel Leask and Professor Kirsteen McCue of the University of Glasgow. Specialists in Scottish song and music of this period, including Karen Macaulay of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and independent collector Bill Zachs will be offering short talks addressing some of the key personalities and events of the musical tour. This will be followed by a live Q&A. 

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Dragons of Silk and Stone: Online Exhibition Launch

Wednesday 24 March 2021
3.00pm - 4.00pm
Free - via Zoom

Meeting ID: 913 5330 0549
Passcode: 7878

Dragons of Silk and Stone is a new online exhibition built around two silk robes and jade dress accessories from The Hunterian collection. Both silk robes are profusely decorated with dragons, which also feature on the belt hooks and belt plaques. Since the dragon is such an omnipresent mythical animal in Chinese culture the exhibition introduces dragon symbolism more broadly and beyond China. The launch will take place via a Zoom webinar and will feature a talk from Helen Persson Swain, an experienced curator of dress and fashion.

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Edwin Morgan: Celebrating His Life and Work

Wednesday 31 March 2021
6.00pm - 8.00pm
Free - via Zoom

Join us for an evening celebrating Edwin Morgan's life and work. We'll have readings and discussion around Morgan's art collection, showcased in our recent exhibition Edwin Morgan: An Eardley on My Wall, including the premiere of our crowdsourced poem 'A Thousand Bubbles Rise', read by accomplished poet Calum Rodger.

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The Isle of Arran - An Artistic Legacy

Thursday 29 April 2021
Free - online event

The Arran Arts Heritage Trail, in partnership with Paisley Museum and the School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow, will host this online symposium celebrating and exploring the Isle of Arran’s rich and varied visual story. The symposium will mark the launch of the Arran Arts Heritage Trail and website and will be opened by journalist and broadcaster Kirsty Wark.

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Joan Eardley: The Centenary Celebration

Tuesday 18 May 2021
3.00pm - 4.30pm
Free - online event

The Hunterian is delighted to host the Joan Eardley Centenary Celebration, in partnership with The Scottish Women and the Arts Research Network (SWARN). Chaired by BBC Arts Correspondent Pauline McLean, this online event brings together a wonderful array of writers, curators and art specialists to celebrate Eardley's life and work on what would have been her 100th birthday. Contributors from all over Scotland will come together to explore Eardley’s career and legacy from a number of different angles and to commemorate her contribution to Scottish art in the 20th century.
Book your place now to join us in celebrating this much loved artist.

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Old Ways New Roads: Scotland's Untold Story of Colonialism, Slavery and Resistance

Wednesday 2 June 2021
12.00pm - 1.30pm
Free online event

In 1745, while the Jacobites were fighting for the restoration of the Stuarts to the British throne, Scotland’s economy was increasingly dependent on the booming transatlantic slave trade. The year 1745 and the brutal suppression of the Jacobite Rebellion would be memorialized in Scottish history, while the stories of enslaved African people remained untold. Moyo and Morayo Akandé's award winning film, 1745, enables us to enter the world of 18th century Scotland, but from a new perspective.

Chaired by The Hunterian's Zandra Yeaman and featuring a special screening of the film, a panel of experts will examine some of the issues highlighted in 1745 within the context of Old Ways New Roads, Travels in Scotland 1720-1832. Q&A to follow.
Panel: Morayo Akandé, Moyo Akandé, Dr John Bonehill (University of Glasgow), Anne Dulau Beveridge (The Hunterian, University of Glasgow), Professor Nigel Leask (University of Glasgow), Dr Andrew Mackillop and Dr Churnjeet Mahn.

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Jimmy Robert In Conversation

Thursday 17 June 2021
4.00pm - 5.00pm*
Free - via Zoom

Artist Jimmy Robert and curator Mason Leaver-Yap (Associate Curator, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin) join Dominic Paterson (Curator of Contemporary Art, The Hunterian) to discuss Robert's exhibition Tobacco Flower, currently on display in the Hunterian Art Gallery. Tobacco Flower is a major installation by Robert for Glasgow International, and focuses in particular on relationships between Europe and the Caribbean.

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*Please note, the time for this event was previously advertised as 5.00pm - 6.00pm.

Old Ways New Roads: The Gaelic Sessions

Wednesdays 16 and 23 June 2021
5.30pm - 7.00pm
Free - via Zoom

Chaired by Professor Nigel Leask, University of Glasgow and Professor Uisdean Cheape, University of the Highlands and Islands, The Gaelic Sessions will take place over two evenings in which experts from all over Scotland will explore Old Ways New Roads in the context of Gaelic language, history and culture.

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Old Ways New Roads Talk Series

16 February - 29 June 2021
1.00pm - 1.15pm
Free - via Zoom

Our Old Ways New Roads Talk Series takes place via Zoom on Tuesdays at 1.00pm. If you missed the first few talks, recordings will be available on our website soon.

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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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