From: Neil Curtis [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 30 October 2000 16:24
Thousands of items from the University of Aberdeen's Marischal Museum and
Natural Philosophy Collection are to be made available for higher education
the UK through a prestigious grant to create a database of digital images
information. The project, LEMUR (LEarning with MUseum Resources), will run
three years and is being funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee
(JISC). It will bring previously unseen collections into teaching use for
first time, in support of the government's plan to deliver high quality
teaching materials across the internet.
Marischal Museum and the Natural Philosophy Collection are of national
importance. Marischal Museum contains 70,000 items, with particular
in Scottish history and archaeology, Mediterranean Archaeology, Foreign
Ethnography, Fine Art and Numismatics. Since the University was founded in
1495, much of the material has been donated by staff, students and generous
benefactors from all over the world.
The Natural Philosophy Collection of scientific instruments is one of the
finest of its type in the UK, and contains over 2,000 objects. Items of
special interest include late 18th century equipment from the first
astronomical observatory in Scotland to be furnished with modern
equipment used by both the British and Germans during World War II,
fine measuring equipment by RV Jones, and instruments from the first
meteorological observing network.
In the past, difficult access to the collections limited their use in
Following a major grant from JISC, the £241,000 LEMUR project will make the
collections available to anyone, anywhere with an internet connection, and
will be used in learning packages bridging the arts, sciences and social
At the University of Aberdeen, the resources will be used by a wide variety
departments and distributed learning programs. Interactive learning
will be developed in the first instance by lecturers from the University's
Departments of Physics, History of Art, Cultural History and History and
Philosophy of Science working together with colleagues in the Learning
Technology Unit. As the project develops, other staff teaching
Scottish Ethnology, Philosophy, History of Art and Continuing Education will
also incorporate the material into their courses.
Dr Alan Knox, manager of the University's Historic Collections, said: "Most
museums have far more material than can ever be put on display. LEMUR is
to put a lot of ours straight into mainstream teaching for the first time.
are very excited."
University of Aberdeen Historic Collections
Aberdeen AB10 1YS
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