Visualising the Hunterian Collection

Issued: Mon, 13 Jan 2020 15:22:00 GMT

Catherine MacRobbie with paintbrush in hand illustrating the Hunterian collection

The Anatomy Facility's Miss Catherine MacRobbie has seen her research project, 'The Mark of Truth: Visualising Anatomical Collections', published in the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine.

The article, which features in the alternative gallery of the journal, involved drawing anatomical specimens from observation in the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow.

After accepting invitations to present an Insight Talk for the Hunterian Museum and then present the research at the Institute of Medical Illustrators Conference 2018, Catherine decided to explore how drawing can enhance the impact of anatomical collections.

An image showing one of Catherine MacRobbie's anatomical illustrations

The investigation led her to conclude that the process of illustrating collections can be used as its own method of preservation and act as a way of increasing accessibility and understanding.

Catherine said: "I’m delighted to have ‘The mark of truth: visualising anatomical collections’ published in the Journal of Visual Communication of Medicine.

"It’s great to be able to share a passion project of mine with my medical illustrator colleagues and the wider community at the University of Glasgow.

"I’m excited about integrating more interactive visualisation methods into the next phase of the project."