Case Studies

These case studies illustrate the vast range of important and innovative work which University Museums are carrying out .  Please click on the boxes for more information about specific case studies.

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Hunterian Associates Programme

The Hunterian Associates Programme, University of Glasgow provides an inventive platform for postgraduate researchers to share their expert knowledge with a wider public audience and to develop their experience and skills in public engagement. By developing creative ways to discuss and debate their ideas with the broader public, Hunterian Associates enhance their perspectives on their ... more »

Object Based Learning for Higher Education

Object Based Learning for Higher Education (OBL4HE) is a collaborative project between UCL Museums and University of Reading Museums. New learning resources have been developed around the combined museums’ collections, underpinned by around 150,000 digital object records. These resources are tailored to meet the needs of higher education students, and are available for other educational ... more »

Arthur Silver Award

The Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture at Middlesex University instigated the Arthur Silver Award, an undergraduate prize which encourages Art, Design and Media students to use the Museum’s collections for inspiration. The collections are an excellent resource for visual research leading to students’ own creative practice. This annual prize has substantially raised students’ awareness ... more »
Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Object-based Learning

The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge has developed a fruitful collaboration with the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, enabling object-based learning to be embedded in the teaching of all Primary PGCE students, and subject specific Secondary PGCE students including English, Religious Studies and Modern Foreign Languages. In 2013, more than 200 students took part ... more » | Tagged

GB3D Type Fossils Online

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge and the Manchester Museum are currently collaborating with the British Geological Survey, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and JISC on GB3D Type Fossils Online, a database of high-resolution photographs, stereo anaglyphs and 3D models of around 25,000 British type ... more »

Revealing the Hidden Collections

Revealing the Hidden Collections, an initiative by University Museums in Scotland, brings more than 1.8 million objects held by university museums across Scotland into the light of the twenty-first century. The entire collections of the universities of Dundee, St Andrews, Stirling, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Heriot-Watt, Robert Gordon, and the Glasgow School of Art are available, ... more »

Glasgow School of Art – AWAKEN

Glasgow School of Art’s Archives and Collections Centre recently collaborated with the Fashion and Textiles Department and Centre for Advanced Textiles on the AWAKEN project, examining the conceptual possibilities of reinterpreting archive material for contemporary and future textile-related contexts. Staff from GSA’s Department of Textiles used items from the School’s archives and collections as a ... more »
Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading

Museum of English Rural Life

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading offers a range of creative opportunities to partner and support high quality impact activities and research that exploit its outstanding collections, including new pathways to doctoral research. Through the collections, these connect to a broad spectrum of disciplines including agriculture, design, anthropology, material ... more »