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Old Ways New Roads:
Travels in Scotland 1720-1832 

Old Ways New Roads: Travels in Scotland 1720-1832, The Hunterian’s major exhibition originally scheduled for August-November 2020, was rescheduled for January-May 2021. The second UK-wide lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic has led The Hunterian to move the exhibition online, so it can be explored from wherever you are.

Currently under construction and due to launch in May 2021, the online exhibition will feature paintings, prints, drawings, maps and more, addressing the impact of Scotland's new transport infrastructure on the development of travel, tourism and topographical descriptions between 1720 and 1832.

Old Ways New Roads will take users on a journey around many of Scotland’s best-known locations, following in the footsteps of 18th-century travellers. Transferring what was originally conceived as a physical exhibition to an online format will allow The Hunterian to provide multiple layers of interpretations, that would be more difficult to achieve within the constraints of a traditional three-dimensional environment.

While introducing the research and stories that underpin the exhibition to a much broader audience, the online platform will also help to open up a dialogue with visitors and offer them a chance to undertake their own journey around Scotland, at a time when physical travelling is not possible.

Old Ways New Roads is accompanied by a new publication of the same title, edited by Anne Dulau Beveridge, John Bonehill and Nigel Leask.

The online exhibition will also feature a range of online events, planned for March-May 2021.

Old Ways New Roads Talk Series

Join us for the Old Ways New Roads Talk Series, held on Tuesdays at 1pm via Zoom. Talks will be 10-15 minutes long with time for questions afterwards. 

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16 February 
Anne Dulau Beveridge, Curator at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
An Introduction to Old Ways New Roads

23 February 
John Bonehill, Lecturer in Art History, University of Glasgow 
Mapping the landscape: Paul Sandby's 'View near Loch Rannoch' 
Roy Military Survey of Scotland, 1747-1755 - National Library of Scotland (nls.uk)

2 March 
Mary-Ann Constantine, Reader at the University of Wales, Centre of Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies  
New Ways with Old Roads – towards digital editions of Pennant’s Tours of Wales and Scotland  

9 March 
Hugh Cheape, Professor at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands 
'There's another road near the Highway': the Ethnology of the 'Old Ways' in Gaelic Scotland

16 March 
Viccy Coltman, Professor of eighteenth-century History of Art, University of Edinburgh
Portable Knick-knacks or the Material Culture of Travel

23 March  
Christina Young, Professor of Conservation and Technical Art History, University of Glasgow 
Panoramas and Landscape

30 March 
Nigel Leask, Regius Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Glasgow
Elizabeth Diggle’s ‘Journal of a Tour from London to the Highlands of Scotland’ 

6 April
Christopher Dingwall, independent landscape historian, trustee and Vice Chairman of Scotland’s Garden and Landscape Heritage
Roads, Bridges and Designed Landscapes on the Highland Circuit

13 April
Finola O'Kane Crimmins, Professor in School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy at University College, Dublin. 

20 April
Zoi Despoina Karaiskou, History of Art graduate, University of Glasgow
John Clerk of Eldin: 18th century landscape sketching

27 April
Paul Bishop, Senior Research Fellow in the School of Geographical & Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow
Tobacco Lord John Glassord closes an Old Way, forcing Drymen's poor coal-getters onto a New Road 

4 May
Christopher Fleet, Curator of Maps, National Library of Scotland 
Johnson’s ‘Plan of Fort William with the Country ajasent’, ca.1710-20

11 May
Due to unforseen circumstances today's talk has been cancelled.

18 May
Dominic Paterson, Curator of Contemporary Art, The Hunterian
Dislocations - The Hunterian upcoming contemporary exhibition

25 May
Mungo Campbell, Deputy Director of The Hunterian
Title tbc

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Old Ways New Roads Talks

Recordings of previous Old Ways New Roads Talks can be found below.

Old Ways New Roads talk with Professor Nigel Leask

Watch Professor Nigel Leask's talk: 'Elizabeth Diggle's Tour of the Scottish Highlands', recorded live as part of the Old Ways New Roads talk series. Nigel is Regius Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow. 

Old Ways New Roads Talk with Dr John Bonehill

Enjoy Dr John Bonehill's talk, Mapping the landscape: Paul Sandby's 'View near Loch Rannoch'. This talk was recorded live was part of the Old Ways New Roads Talk Series. Dr Bonehill is lecturer in History of Art at the University of Glasgow.

Old Ways New Roads talk with Professor Christina Young

Enjoy Professor Christina Young's talk, 'Panoramas and Landscapes', filmed live as part of the Old Ways New Roads talk programme. Christina is Professor of Technical Art History at the University of Glasgow.

Old Ways New Roads talk with Zoi Despoina

Enjoy Zoi Despoina Karaiskou's talk, 'John Clerk of Eldin: 18th century landscape sketching', recorded live as part of the Old Ways New Roads talk programme. Zoi is a history of art graduate and worked with Hunterian curator Anne Dulau on a sixth month project in 2020, cataloguing Clerk's texts and notebooks.

Old Ways New Roads talk with Professor Paul Bishop

Enjoy Professor Paul Bishop's talk, 'Tobacco Lord John Glassord closes an Old Way, forcing Drymen's poor coal-getters onto a New Road', recorded live as part of the Old Ways New Roads talk series. Paul is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Geographical & Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Paul has a specific interest in local history and heritage in Scotland and founded the Local Scottish History Forum.

Old Ways New Roads talk with landscape historian Christopher Dingwall

Watch independent landscape historian Christopher Dingwall's talk, 'Roads, Bridges and Designed Landscapes on the Highland Circuit'. Christopher has a special interest in garden history and is a trustee and Vice Chairman of Scotland’s Garden and Landscape Heritage. This talk was recorded live as part of the Old Ways New Roads weekly talk programme. 

Old Ways New Roads Talk with Professor Viccy Coltman

Listen to Professor Viccy Coltman's talk, Portable Knick-knacks or the Material Culture of Travel. Professor Coltman is Professor of Eighteenth Century History of Art at the University of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. This talk was recorded live as part of the Old Ways New Roads Talk Series.

Old Ways New Roads Talk with Professor Hugh Cheape

Watch Professor Hugh Cheape's talk, 'There's another road near the Highway': the Ethnology of the 'Old Ways in Gaelic Scotland'. This talk was recorded live as part of the Old Ways New Roads Talk Series. Professor Cheape lectures at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands and also lectures on the Postgraduate Certificate in Scottish Culture and Heritage at The University of Edinburgh.

Old Ways New Roads Online Book Launch

The publication which accompanies the forthcoming online exhibition Old Ways New Roads: Travels in Scotland 1720-1832 is available to buy now. To celebrate, The Hunterian hosted an online book launch which you can watch here, featuring an introduction by Hunterian Director Steph Scholten, the publication editors Anne Dulau Beveridge, John Bonehill and Nigel Leask, a live discussion with the contributing authors and a live Q&A with the audience.

The publication, also titled Old Ways New Roads: Travels in Scotland 1720-1832, is published by independent Scottish publisher Birlinn Ltd. llustrated with over 200 artworks from public and private collections, the publication explores how from 1725 onwards, the Scottish landscape was variously documented, evaluated, planned and imagined in words and images. Providing a fascinating insight into the experience of travellers and tourists, it also considers how they impacted on the experience of the Scottish people themselves.

Old Ways New Roads Online Book Launch

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Old Ways New Roads: The Musical Tour of the Highlands

'The Musical Tour of the Highlands', chaired by Professor Nigel Leask and Professor Kirsteen McCue of the University of Glasgow is now available to view. This online event was hosted as part of the Old Ways New Roads event programme and features talks from specialists in Scottish song and music of this period, including Karen Macaulay of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and independent collector Bill Zachs.

Old Ways New Roads: The Musical Tour of the Highlands

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