Super Models on display at Marischal Museum

Super Models on display at Marischal Museum

PHOTOCALL: Today (Thursday, February 16), Marischal Museum, at 3.30pm

A host of fascinating objects from the collections of Marischal Museum will form part of a new exhibition exploring the concept of model making.

The Super Models exhibition explores how people have made models to describe the world and features an innovative movie of a rare life-sized anatomical model of a man.

Dating from 1880, this model has been in the University of Aberdeen Anatomy Museum for over 100 years.

The object movie has been produced as part of research being conducted by Dr Elizabeth Hallam, of the University’s Department of Anthropology. The movie was made by Aberdeen photographer John McIntosh.

Super Models exhibition curator, Claire Smith, said: “This exhibition offers people a unique opportunity to explore the diversity of the model and see how models have been, and are still used in a number of different contexts.”

Also on display will be a variety of models from the University’s seven museums, including an early 19th century steam engine, models of famous diamonds, a Canadian totem pole from the Queen Charlotte Islands and two exquisite glass models of jellyfish made in the late 19th century by the Leopold and Rudolph Blashka.

The University of Aberdeen has seven museums which combined are ranked as the sixth most important collection in Scotland.

The Super Models exhibition is open now and runs until May 2006. Marischal Museum is located in Marischal College in the centre of Aberdeen. The museum is open Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm and Sunday 2pm – 5pm. Entry to the museum is free.

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