Science and industrial artefacts subject of talk

09 March 2010

A free illustrated talk on the City's Science and Industry Collections will take place at 12.30pm on Wednesday, 10 March at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow.

The talk by Aberdeen City Council's Assistant Keeper (Industry) Jenny Brown will look at Aberdeen Art Gallery & Industrial Museum as it was first known in 1885. At that time being an industrial museum was seen as the "most important factor of the institution."

This was reflected in some of the earliest exhibits at the gallery which included pieces from Aberdeen Comb Works and the Aberdeen Granite Association. The historic links between the gallery and the association began with gifts to the gallery, followed by the creation of the granite pillars in the Centre Court and later donations which helped create the gallery's granite collections.

The talk will also highlight engineering collections, craft trades such as woodworking and shoemaking, firearms collection, and domestic technology such as radio and computers.

Assistant Keeper (Industry) Jenny Brown said: "The talk will include the challenges of curating such wide ranging collections and caring for some of the objects, as well as hopefully giving an insight into my research for a forthcoming exhibition 1885: Industrial Aberdeen at Aberdeen Maritime Museum.

"Aberdeen has historically had a very diverse economic and industrial base, so this is a very broad and at times nationally significant collection."