300 Years of Chemistry.
In 2013 the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh celebrates its 300th anniversary. Since 1713, the School has been central in shaping the science that we recognise as chemistry today, seeding chemistry departments around the world, producing distinguished alumni and pioneering innovations in technology and in learning and teaching.The Exhibition 'Cradle of Chemistry' is a celebration of these fantastic achievements.
The third and final exhibition in the series of Masterpieces, in which we wanted to push the definition of a ‘masterpiece’ to its limits. The exhibition focused on the overall theme of science and medicine, we had chosen items which we felt reflected the themes of ‘science as innovation’, ‘science as art’, and ‘science as statement’.
This exhibitions told the fascinating story of how the writing, reading and criticism of literature have been entwined in Edinburgh over the past quarter millennium.
The exhibition showcased books, letters and other artefacts illustrating the life and work of writers, critics and students involved in the study of literature at the University.
It also showed how this study has been intimately interconnected with the literary life of the city, through diverse contacts between the University and Edinburgh writers, theatres, and publishing houses.
In this exhibition, the second of the Masterpieces series, we continued to showcase magnificent treasures held by the University's Libraries, Museums and Galleries and we began to challenge the definition of what can be described as a ‘masterpiece’. The exhibition was arranged around three main themes: Ideas and Innovation; Technique and Execution and Creativity, Art and Design.
Some items were included because either the idea or the concept they embody is outstanding, even though the carrier of the information, such as a book, is rather ordinary. The exhibits were also chosen to suggest the different and changing ways in which collection items can be seen as ‘masterpieces’.