Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Museum lunchtime talks

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the University’s public museum service, and as part of our celebrations we are hosting a regular series of short talks focusing on some of our most interesting and unusual objects. The next event will be on Friday 25th April at 1.15pm and will feature 10 minute talks from curator Matthew Jarron and student volunteers Hannah Vickery and Madeline Dow. 

Hannah’s talk focuses on a narwhal tusk in the Dental School’s unique comparative anatomy collection of animal teeth and jaws.    Madeline looks at a gruesome set of trepanning instruments used in the neurosurgery department at Dundee Royal Infirmary, currently featuring in the Cabinet of Curiosity exhibition in the Lamb Gallery. Finally, to mark World Penguin Day (yes, really!),    Matthew will be discussing two stuffed penguins in the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, one presented by legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton and one recently rediscovered and redisplayed having disappeared from the University for 30 years.

The talks take place in the main Museum Services building, Hawkhill House at 5 Hawkhill Place (just behind Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, next to the tennis courts).   All welcome - no need to book but space is limited so seats will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. 

A further set of talks will take place on Thursday 22nd May.