A Private View

An exhibition of new writing in response to and including artefacts from the University Museum Collections

crocodile skull and book

Lamb Gallery, Tower Building
09 July - 25 August 2001
Mon-Fri 9.30am-8.30pm, Sat 09.30am-4.30pm
Admission Free



by Esther Read, Class Tutor

"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." So begins L P Hartley's novel The Go-Between. The objects in this exhibition - some from our near past, some from much further back in time - are themselves "go-betweens": visible links to a vanished world. Next to each painting, artefact or specimen, you will find the facts of its existence: who painted it and when, who invented it, where it drew its last breath.

All the items displayed were selected from Dundee University's Museum Collections by the Creative Writing Class run under the auspices of the Department of Continuing Education. The class members (Ruth Findlay, Poppy Parker, Morwyn Porter, Colin Phelan, George Reid, Judy Taylor, Ian Thomson, Arthur Warden and Cathy Whitfield) visited the main Museum stores one dark, dreich evening in February. The treasure trove they discovered there - everything from paintings, scientific instruments and natural history specimens to furniture, needlework and machinery - fired their imaginations.

In every sense this is a "private view". Several of the writers chose to write from the same stimulus - often with startlingly different outcomes. For this reason the Exhibition becomes a celebration not just of who we were but also of who we are.

The pieces written by the students have been temporarily removed while we reorganise our website - please contact us for further details.

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