Classes in Archives and Special Collections (ASC)

Level 3 Victorian literature students look at Dickens Bleak House and Eliot's Middlemarch

Level 3 Victorian literature students look at Dickens’s Bleak House and Eliot’s Middlemarch

Did you know that lots of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching sessions take place in Archives & Special Collections?

As we look ahead to another busy academic year, here’s a short recap of some of the ASC teaching activities we got up to last year.

We ran a total of 57 separate classes in which either ASC staff or collections were involved. Many required repeat sessions to accommodate everyone giving a total of 107 sessions catering for 1,353 student visits, 40% of which were made by undergraduates.

43% of classes were run for students in the School of Humanities, with those run for students in the School of Critical Studies not far behind with 29%. We also hosted classes for students in the School of Culture and Creative Arts, School of Modern Languages and Cultures and students from the College of Science and Engineering, College of Social Sciences, and College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (not to mention Summer Schools, an Open Studies class and visits from students from the University of St Andrews and Glasgow School of Art).

Level 4 history students research incunabula provenances for the Culture and Patronage in Renaissance Scotland placement

Level 4 history students research incunabula provenances for the Culture and Patronage in Renaissance Scotland placement

13 different classes were new to us last year including sessions for taught postgraduate students of Modernities, looking at a range of documents describing life in the early twentieth century; and for taught postgraduate students studying Festivals, who explored early modern festival culture with examples of sixteenth and seventeenth century fête books. New undergraduate classes were offered: to level 4 Life Sciences students undertaking outreach projects with historical primary sources; and a ‘placement’ class for level 4 history undergraduates studying Art, Culture and Patronage in Renaissance Scotland. This last class involved in-depth research for students looking at either the Blackhouse charters, the oldest records of the University, or fifteenth-century printed books with early Scottish owners.

We hosted two new undergraduate history classes for Dr Sarah Cockram, one focusing in Renaissance Florence, and another looking at Animals and Humans 1300-1800:

“Visits to ASC with students from my Honours courses Renaissance Florence and Animals and Humans, 1300-1800, were inspiring and thought-provoking.  Fantastic materials were selected for the students on both courses, who were enthusiastic about seeing and handling historical sources in the flesh and hearing the expert introductions to these rich collections.  Student assessment for the Animals course included the chance to write an exhibition label for an Archives or Special Collections item, inviting students to research one of these in more depth, reflect on its significance to the themes of the course and share their findings” – Dr Sarah Cockram

If you are involved in undergraduate or postgraduate teaching at the University of Glasgow – Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences – anything at all – and would like your students to get in in the action, why not contact us for a chat? We can offer a whole range of different types of class from show-and-tell sessions of relevant primary sources (to help with revision and the contextualisation of lecture learning), to something more in-depth, leading to assessed work based on the class visit. Archivists and Rare Books librarians will be available to help you plan, select relevant material and deliver the class.

Categories: Archives and Special Collections


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