The University’s collections are internationally renowned and are Recognised as of national significance by the Scottish Government. Originating in the eighteenth century, they now have over 300,000 items across a wide range of Human Culture, Medicine and Health, and Natural History. There are many links between the collections and with University’s Archives and Special Collections, some of which were highlighted in the 'Connecting Collections' project. Advice for researchers can be found here.
Please be aware that there are descriptions and images in our catalogues which may be culturally sensitive and which may now be considered as outdated or even offensive. Please also note that the catalogues include entries for items that may be considered secret or sacred by some people. Yet, these are historic descriptions. As it is important to understand past perceptions, no matter how anachronistic these may be today, we preserve all the information recorded as it is important to understand past perceptions of items in the collections.