Preservation Management Programme: 9th Jubilee Congratulatory Addresses

The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 making it the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Over the last five centuries it has fostered the talents of seven Nobel laureates, one Prime Minister and Scotland’s inaugural First Minister. Scotland’s first female graduates completed their degrees here in 1894 and the world’s first ultrasound images of a fetus were published by Glasgow Professor Ian Donald in 1958. Details of some of the University’s most notable world changers can be found here.

Over the years there have been many events to commemorate the University’s achievements. In 1901 the University celebrated its 9th Jubilee (1451-1901). Here at Archive Services we hold a collection of formal congratulatory addresses which the University received in response to invitations sent out for the 9th Jubilee celebrations.

The congratulatory addresses came from higher education institutions around the world, as well as from professional associations in the UK, such as the Royal Geographical Society, the Philological Society, the Royal Institute of Chemistry and the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

Our preservation project will focus on cleaning, conserving, and repackaging these elaborate addresses. They were hand-made with care and detail using a variety of different materials, including wax seals, ribbons, and gold leaf gilding. Preserving these documents presents a number of challenges for our team but they are wonderful documents and we are keen to make sure that they preserved for generations to come.

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