Exhibitions

This exhibition uses items from the Special Collections Centre to review stories of emigration from Aberdeen and Scotland to Canada.

Scotland’s population has been its most enduring and consistent export. Scotland’s diaspora was is of global dimensions, but Canada was the destination that was for long periods closest to the hearts of many emigrants. Until 1847 and after 1909, Canada was the primary transatlantic destination for emigrating Scots.

The story of emigration from Scotland is never a single journey. Some emigrants put down permanent roots in their adopted lands. Others crossed further oceans and continents, and approximately a third returned to Scotland following the outcome of their venture.

Scottish emigration to Canada began an enduring process of cultural exchange that continues to reveal a shared culture. The early development of this collective cultural identity is explored through the letters and archives of individual voices and independent migrants in this exhibition, revealing the reality of emigration and the movement of people around the globe.

Gallery Opening Hours
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat 10:00 - 17.00
Thursday 10:00 - 19:00
Sunday Closed

Contact: 

The Gallery, The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Bedford Road, Aberdeen, AB24 3AA

For more information, please contact Scott Byrne, Exhibitions & Public Programming Officer at scc.events@abdn.ac.uk



Owl BestiaryStacks Alive: The Hunter Caldwell Awards

In this event, the Aberdeen Humanities Fund will review the outcomes of four initial pilot projects that were the recipients of support from the Hunter Caldwell Awards:

Speaker: Professor Karin Friedrich, Dr Suk-Jun Kim, Dr Adelyne Wilson, Dr Andrew Gordon

Hosted by: Special Collections Centre

The Aberdeen Humanities Fund is an initiative to support leading research in the humanistic disciplines being conducted in the University, enriching the cultural life of the institution, the city and the surrounding region. 

In collaboration with the Special Collections Centre, and the Friends of Aberdeen University Library, the Aberdeen Humanities Fund has showcased a range of new work in relation to material held at Aberdeen, through the Stacks Alive programme. 

This instalment of Stacks Alive will feature presentations from the four Hunter Caldwell Award holders:

  • Dr Andrew Gordon (English) Sir Robert Beale Correspondence Project: Opening the Diplomatic Letter in Early Modern Europe
  • Dr Adelyn Wilson (Law) Spalding’s Practicks and the Aberdeen Commissary Court in the Seventeenth Century
  • Dr Suk-Jun Kim (Music) The Aberdeen Bestiary: Sound-Image-Narrative
  • Prof. Karin Friedrich (History) Duncan Liddel’s Library in University of Aberdeen’s Special Collections: Polymathy and Humanist Networks between Scotland and the Continent

Please join us to reflect on these engaging and innovative projects and to learn more about the developments of the Aberdeen Humanities Fund.

Contact: 

Spaces are free, however booking is advised. Please contact scc.events@abdn.ac.uk to reserve your space.


 



New Found Land: Scottish Emigration to Canada

2 May to 31 August 2014

This exhibition uses items from the Special Collections Centre to review stories of emigration from Aberdeen and Scotland to Canada.

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The development of a collective cultural identity is explored through the letters and archives of individual voices and independent migrants, revealing the reality of emigration and the movement of people around the globe.

Opening Hours:

Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat: 10.00 to 17.00

Thursday: 10.00 to 19.00

Sunday: 12.00 to 16.00

The Gallery, The Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen

scc.events@abdn.ac.uk



Gallery

The Gallery represents an important public venue for visitors to the University and the Sir Duncan Rice Library to engage with the collections and be inspired.

Situated on the Ground Floor entrance to the Sir Duncan Rice Library, the Gallery is the primary venue for our ongoing programme of exhibitions showcasing multiple aspects of the University’s Special Collections. The space has been designed to be dynamic and accessible, offering opportunities to present enlightening and inspiring exhibitions that make connections to our collections. The exhibitions are designed to have a broad appeal and to be of interest to a wide public audience.

The Exhibitions Programme has enabled the exposure of rare and precious items from the Special Collections to a public audience in a substantial and meaningful way.  The Special Collections Centre works closely with local schools and community groups to amplify the impact of the exhibitions to schools and community groups. The Gallery is a dedicated space for presenting culture as expressed through visual art and the written word through free and publicly accessible exhibitions and programming.

An associated public programme enhances the exhibitions through publicly accessible talks and activities facilitated by academic staff and invited speakers, presented free of charge. 

Print Shop Window Waterlines Set in Silver

Please use the following link to find out more information about current exhibitions at the Sir Duncan Rice Library http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/about/special/exhibitions/



Print Shop Window poster

Print Shop Window: An Exhibition of Visual Satire

27 September 2013 to 26 January 2014

Print Shop Window: An Exhibition of Visual Satire explores the power of cartoons to satirise public figures and stimulate political debate. Set during the reign of George III, the ‘Golden Age of Caricature’, the exhibition draws on a lively selection of satirical prints and material from the Special Collections, featuring examples of caricatures by the artists William Hogarth, James Gillray and George Cruikshank... more

 

Wanderlust: Travel Journals and Explorers' Notes 
27 April to 14 September 2013

The exhibition at the Gallery of the Sir Duncan Rice Library features vivid writing contained in some of the travel journals and explorers' notebooks held with the University's Special Collections.

Wanderlust describes a yearning for distant places; an irrepressible compulsion to discover the unknown. Travel journals survive in many shapes and sizes. Spanning four centuries, not only do these writings give evidence of that compulsion to go beyond the horizon, but they also open an intimate window into lost worlds.

 

Waterlines: Will Maclean and Marian Leven
19 January to 14 April 2013 

Waterlines,was created through the artistic partnership of Will Maclean and Marian Leven, the first sculptural collaboration between two of Scotland’s most highly regarded and well established artists. The exhibition features items from the Special Collections and Museums at the University of Aberdeen... more

 

Pharmacopoeia: The Art of Making Drugs
1 September to 1 December 2012

In celebration of the British Science Festival 2012, the Special Collections Centre at the University Library will host Pharmacopeia - an exhibition featuring rare and fascinating printed and manuscript material that demonstrates some of the earliest recorded interpretations of the natural sciences - a history of health... more

 Bestiary exhibition

Gilded Beasts: Exhibition of The Aberdeen Bestiary
23 June to 18 August 2012

The third exhibition in the University Library's Gallery is of the Aberdeen Bestiary - an exquisite illuminated manuscript from the 12th-century, rendered in rich gold and magnificent colour. It is a work of extraordinary artistry and craftsmanship in which tales of animals are used to illustrate essential moral beliefs... more

 

Set in Silver: Contemporary Reflections on Glass Plate Photography
24 March to 3 June 2012

A selection of the glass plate negatives that form the substantial collections of George Washington Wilson and the Aberdeen Harbour Board have produced a set of fine photographic prints that will be exhibited by the Special Collections Centre at the University Library in Set in Silver: Contemporary Reflections on Glass Plate Photography. The images seen across both collections demonstrate a distinctive application of this delicate art... more

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Rebels with a Cause: The Jacobites and the Global Imagination
24 November 2011 to 17 March 2012

The first exhibition at the University of Aberdeen’s striking new library will give visitors an insight into the turbulent Jacobite era. Rebels with a Cause: The Jacobites and the Global Imagination is the inaugural exhibition at The Gallery - a new publicly accessible venue which forms part of the University’s Special Collections Centre... more

 


The Aberdeen Bestiary: Sound-Image-Narrative

Lead: Dr Suk-Jun Kim (Music/SERG)

The Aberdeen Bestiary: Sound-Image-Narrative is an artistic research project that explores strata of sound-image narratives by creating a series of short electroacoustic compositions responding to selected images from the Aberdeen Bestiary, focusing, particularly, on imaginary animals depicted and described in the collection. Each composition aims to evoke not only the animals themselves but their surroundings such as imaginary habitats and behaviours, to animate them and conjure up to the viewer-listener a probable world of the fantastic animals.

Of the Wolf Of the Owl Of the Swan Of the Caladrius

Introduction

Of the Wolf

Of the Owl

Of the Swan

Of the Caladrius

Post Concert Discussion