From clothes peg to calculator: The story of Robert Gordon University in 35 objects

A new exhibition has launched at Robert Gordon University’s Georgina Scott Sutherland Library celebrating the history of the Aberdeen institution through a range of unique objects.

The exhibition charts the history of the establishment over the past hundred years, by looking at the objects – from the unusual to the ordinary – which belonged to the Schools and Departments, both past and present, and now form part of the University’s Art and Heritage Collections.

Objects include exquisite Japanese prints, a vintage calculator, a botany notebook, and even an egg beater!

The exhibition coincides with the opening of a new and improved exhibition space at the Georgina Scott Sutherland Library within Aberdeen Business School at the University’s Garthdee Campus.

Jane Kidd, Collections Curator, comments: “A wide range of professionals from all over the world, including artists, architects, engineers, pharmacists, IT experts, domestic servants, cookery teachers, and nurses – to name but a few – owe their skills to the educational experiences gained at what is now, Robert Gordon University.

“Over the years, these students have left behind evidence of their training in the form of a collection of diverse objects, 35 of which have been selected to give a snapshot of the University’s history.”

The exhibition is on until Monday 6 June at the Georgina Scott Sutherland Library in Aberdeen Business School, Garthdee Road, from 9am-9pm Monday to Thursday, 9am-5pm Friday and 1-5pm Saturday and Sunday.

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