Rare and remarkable objects go on show

Cabinets full of curiosities feature in a fascinating exhibition at the University’s Main Library.

Sea shells

Objects include Sir Isaac Newton’s death mask and shells collected by Charles Darwin.

The artefacts are part of an exhibition called Collect.ed, which showcases rare and remarkable objects from the University of Edinburgh’s collections.


Opening times: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm. Saturday, 10am-1pm.Admission is free.

Friday 6 December 2013, 12.00am

Saturday 1 March 2014, 12.00am

Main Library Exhibition Gallery

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Fascinating items

Also included in the display is a cast of notorious body snatcher William Burke’s brain and the remains of a First World War bomb that was dropped on New College, Edinburgh, from a raiding German Zeppelin.

Other attractions include an 18th century walking stick that transforms into a playable violin and clay brick fragments from ancient Babylon with an inscription in praise of King Nebuchadnezzar.

This exhibition pulls together more than 150 fascinating items from across the University’s extensive collections. Collect.ed provides a rare opportunity to see items that are seldom on public display.

Emma SmithExhibition curator and Fine Art student

Internship initiative

Curator, Emma Smith is a final year Fine Art undergraduate at the University.

Emma was able to curate the exhibition through an internship with Library & University Collections, organised by the Careers Service Employ.ed on Campus initiative.

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