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In terms of Ordinance No. 8 of the Universities Commissioners (1889) the superintendence of all Museums is entrusted to a Committee called the Museum Committee, consisting of three members (not being members of Senatus) appointed by the University Court, and six members appointed by the Senatus.
THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL MUSEU M.
THE valuable Anthropological and Archæological collections formerly dispersed in various parts of the University Buildings have now for the most part been consolidated in one collection in Marischal College. On the transference of the Library to the new front block in the summer of 1906, the lofty apartment with surrounding gallery formerly occupied by the library was thoroughly re-equipped and furnished with commodious wall cases and otherwise adapted as a Museum. In it there have now been brought together and carefully arranged
(1) The Wilson Collection of classical and Eastern antiquities, coins, etc., collected by Dr. Robert Wilson in his travels in the early part of last century and bequeathed by him to the University together with a fund for the foundation of a Travelling Fellowship.
In accordance with a resolution of the Trustees, the Library in connection with this collection has been temporarily placed in King's College. It embraces Dr. Wilson's original library and a number of recent works in Assyrian, Egyptian, and Phoenician, as well as Classic Archæology, together with a series of the leading periodicals of learned societies dealing with such subjects.
(2) A collection of local and foreign antiquities, including stone and bronze implements and weapons, coins, pottery and miscellaneous objects formerly preserved in the Archæological Museum, King's College, also various objects of antiquity formerly in
Marischal College Portrait Gallery, including the Henderson Collection of early classical vases.
(3) The Anthropological Collection formerly in the Anatomy Department, including a very complete series of specimens illustrating the habits and customs of natives of Africa, America, Melanesia, Australasia and the Malay Archipelago.
THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM.
THIS Museum contains the valuable collection of Egyptian antiquities, presented in 1897 to the University through the kindness of the late Dr. Grant Bey, of Cairo, and of Mrs. Grant, his widow.
The collection contains, in addition to many interesting casts, very fine specimens of inscribed and sculptured stones, dating from about B.C. 4000 to comparatively recent times, a number of fine small bronzes and figurines in glazed pottery, various amulets, and a quantity of tomb furniture and mummy jewellery.
The interest and value of the collection was enhanced by a presentation from Professor Flinders Petrie of pre-historic hand-made pottery and alabaster vases, as well as of some very interesting ivory toilet articles, which date from before B.C. 4000, and from Mr. H. W. Seton-Karr of ancient Egyptian stone implements, discovered by him in Egypt.
This Museum was formerly in the King's College Buildings, but it has now been transferred to the Anthropological Museum at Marischal College.
An illustrated Catalogue of the contents of the whole of these Collections has been prepared by the Curator, Professor R. W. Reid, copies of which may be had in the Museum, price 1s.
1. ANATOMICAL AND ANTHROPOLOGICAL MUSEUMS. Curator-Professor Reid.
The Anatomical Museums, adjoining the other Anatomical Rooms, contain an extensive collection of specimens of the Anatomy of Man and of the Higher Animals. The aim in forming the Collection has been to enable the Student to study the facts of Anatomy objectively, demonstrated by the Systematic, Structural, and Topographical methods, and to illustrate Anatomy in its Developmental, Comparative, Ethnological and Clinical aspects. The Museums are open on six days in the week, from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., during the Winter Session, and from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. during the Summer Session, except on Saturdays, when they are closed at 12 noon. The Ethnological
Department includes, besides other objects, a representative collection of the skeletal remains of the different races of mankind, largely gifts to the Museum from former students, and a valuable series of the contents of short cists (along with a specimen of a short cist), found in the north-east of Scotland. Contributions of specimens will be welcomed by the Curator.
The following Museums are open to the public :—
Anthropology and Natural History-Saturday, 2 to 4 P.M. and on application to Sacrist: Monday to Friday 10 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. and 2 to 4 P.M.; Saturday, 10 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. Botany and Geology-On application to Sacrist.
2. BOTANICAL MUSEUM.
This Museum is chiefly made up of materials prepared for class instruction. There are also in the department a herbarium of British Plants, both Phanerogams and Cryptogams, and collections from various parts of the world.
A collection is being formed to illustrate the diseases of plants and useful products. Contributions of specimens to extend the usefulness of the Museum will be welcomed; and information with regard to the nature of the contributions most desirable and to the best methods of collecting and preserving such will be gladly given on application to the Curator.
3. MUSEUM OF FORENSIC MEDICINE AND HYGIENE.
Curator--Professor Matthew Hay.
This Museum contains specimens and objects illustrative of Medical Jurisprudence and Hygiene, including a large number of casts taken from Medico-legal cases, chiefly in the extensive practice of Dr. Francis Ogston, late Professor of Medical Jurisprudence in the University. There is also a large collection of Poisons. The Museum likewise contains a considerable quantity of Hygienic apparatus.
The Curator will be glad to receive additions to the Museum from Graduates and others who may meet with novel Medicolegal cases, or who may be resident abroad and become acquainted with new Poisons. Objects illustrative of Hygiene will also be gladly accepted.
4. GEOLOGICAL MUSEUM.
Curator-A. W. Gibb, D.Sc.
The Museum contains collections of minerals, rocks and fossils. In the floor cases these are arranged as an introduction to the study of the several branches of the science; in the wall cases the specimens are classified in systematic order.
The Museum is open at all times to students attending the courses in the Geological Department. Visitors will be admitted on application to any of the officials in the Department.
5. MATERIA MEDICA MUSEUM.
The Materia Medica Museum is very extensive and tolerably complete; it is arranged with the view of illustrating the subject as far as possible, and providing specimens which may be freely handled and examined by the Students. Of late a considerable number of valuable additions have been made to the specimens in the Museum, and not a few of them are gifts from old Students and Graduates now resident abroad.
6. MIDWIFERY MUSEUM.
The Midwifery Museum contains specimens illustrative of Midwifery and Diseases of Women and Children, together with instruments, casts and models. It is open to Members of the Class, who are afforded every facility for study in the Museum.
7. PATHOLOGICAL MUSEUM.
The Pathological Museum is open daily to Students of Medicine.
8. SURGICAL MUSEUM.
Contains over 2500 specimens illustrative of Surgical Pathology collected by the past and present occupants of the Chair of Surgery. They have been derived from various sources, many of them having been presented by former students. It also possesses a large collection of surgical instruments and appliances, over 600 in number, arranged for inspection. The museum is open to students daily.
9. ZOOLOGICAL MUSEUM.
The collections contained in this Museum are arranged under the direction of the Professor, so as to facilitate the practical Study of Zoology, and are open to Students every day. Visitors may be admitted on application to any of the officials in the Department.
There are now fully-equipped Laboratories connected with the following Departments in the Faculties of Medicine and Science : Anatomy, Anthropometry, Bacteriology, Botany, Chemistry, Pharmacology, Physics, Physiology, Public Health and Zoology. Graduates or others desiring to engage in special study or research may be admitted by the Senatus to prosecute such study or research in any of the Laboratories in the University, in accordance with the provisions of Ord. No. 61 (see under "Science"). Research Students are exempted from payment of Laboratory Fees, but are required to matriculate each year, paying the ordinary Matriculation Fee.
Forms of Application for admission as Research Students may be had from the Secretary of Senatus.