Beyond the Bookstack: Behind the scenes in William Hunter's Library

Event inspired by the 'William Hunter and the Anatomy of the Modern Museum' exhibition

Wednesday, 12th December 2018 at 3:00pm
Hunterian Art Gallery

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William Hunter amassed an incredible library of 10,000 books and manuscripts. Often cited as one of the finest 18th century libraries to remain intact, the exhibition William Hunter and the Anatomy of the Modern Museum features many of its wonderful treasures, now in the care of the University of Glasgow Library's Special Collections.

Have you ever wondered who uses these books today and what Special Collections does to preserve them for future generations? And how does this 'behind the scenes' work contribute to exhibitions?

In this special event, Michelle Craig and Alicia Hughes will discuss their current research on provenance in the library and Hunter's collection of anatomical prints and drawings. Book conservator Keira McKee will outline the conservation work required to exhibit old and fragile rare books. You will have the chance to explore even more books and manuscripts from William Hunter's Library in a special pop up display, and talk informally with the speakers about their work.

The event will be followed by mince pies and a wine reception, with an opportunity to view the current Special Collections foyer display 'Spotlight on a Salesroom' featuring items that Hunter acquired at the sales of Dr Richard Mead (link:


3pm: Hunterian Art Gallery: optional tour of the exhibition William Hunter and the Anatomy of the Modern Museum focusing on a selection of the books displayed from his renowned library lead by Julie Gardham, Head of Special collections with doctoral researchers Michelle Craig and Alicia Hughes.

4pm: Special Collections, University of Glasgow Library (Level 12): three short talks on aspects of Hunter's Library with a 'pop up' exhibition of more books and manuscripts from his collection and viewing of display 'Spotlight on a Salesroom'.

5pm: Mince pies and wine reception

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Starts: Wednesday, December 12th 2018 at 3:00pm
Ends: 6:00pm

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Timezone: Europe/London
Bookings close: December 12th 2018


Hunterian Art Gallery
82 Hillhead St
University of Glasgow

G12 8QQ
United Kingdom

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The Hunterian Art Gallery is part of the University of Glasgow, located on the Gilmorehill campus, 3km west of Glasgow city centre. For details on how to get here, see link. 

Following the tour at The Hunterian Art Gallery, we will proceed to the University Library at Hillhead St. 

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