Hen harrier mount


Hunterian Museum
Until 3 October 2021
Admission free

This small exhibition explores the story of Scottish peatlands, uncovering the unique qualities that make them a valuable resource. Their importance as a major global carbon store, a habitat for a range of wildlife and as a landscape culturally intertwined with Scottish history, illuminates an urgent need for preservation.

The story is told through a selection of objects linked to the peatland ecosystem including a hen harrier mount, highlighting how the destruction of peatlands will endanger native species and a bronze brooch, illustrating how the biochemical composition of bogs has enabled many important historical artefacts to be preserved.

The exhibition also explores issues surrounding birdlife preservation and ongoing peatland restoration projects.

Peatlands was created by MSc Museum Studies students from the University of Glasgow. Devised as part of the Exhibition Development course, this winning proposal by students Dominic Allan, Maddy Williamson, Hanrong Li, Gemma Ovens, Mackenzie Walls and Romy Popotte has been selected to be shown as part of The Hunterian’s 2021 programme.


  • Peatlands is at the Hunterian Art Gallery until 3 October 2021.
  • Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am–5pm. Closed Monday.