October 2021

Exhibitions

Dive In! Protecting Our Ocean
Wardlaw Museum, Albany Gallery
8 October 2021 – 30 January 2022

Dive In! explores the wonders of the ocean, the challenges it faces, and the actions you can take to help save it.
Life depends on the ocean, but as a result of human actions it is under threat. To protect the ocean, our relationship with the natural world needs to change.
FInd our more at https://divein.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/.

Sex as Subversion, Fantasy and Power: The Beggar’s Benison Club
Wardlaw Museum, Research Studio
Until 17 October 2021

Sex as Subversion, Fantasy & Power: The Beggar’s Benison Club explores what an all-male social club dedicated to male sexual liberation can reveal about social, sexual and gender histories and draws parallels to contemporary issues such as consent, sexual expression and gender identity.

The Pit and the Kit: Addiction, Heroin and the End of Coal-Mining in Scotland
Wardlaw Museum, Research Studio
30 October 2021 – 30 January 2022

Over the twentieth century, the slow collapse of Scotland’s coalmining industry cut deep into the economies, communities, and social lives structured around it. In the times of the final major colliery closures, heroin, or ‘kit,’ as it is colloquially known, was flooding into Scotland. Presenting intimate portrayals of contemporary daily life for drug users, this exhibition untangles the thorny relationship of heroin, poly-drug use, and deindustrialisation. Collaboratively curated with people who use drugs, the exhibition shines a light on what coal and community meant to the villages and towns of the Central Belt, and the ongoing efforts to rebuild senses of community, history and hope today. The exhibition features objects, artworks, poems, and photographs from the National Mining Museum’s collections, Fife Cultural Trust, local recovery groups and individuals.  

Events

The Curiosity Conversation
Dr Adam Corner: Time for change
When: Available from Thursday 30 September
Where: AnchorSpotify and other podcasting platforms
Who: Adults 
The Curiosity Conversation speaks with a different expert every month to explore the world through the unexpected, ground-breaking or contested aspects of the stories museums tell. 
This month, Eilidh and Matt talk to Dr Adam Corner, a behaviour change expert working on the Dive In project at the Museums of the University of St Andrews.They discuss the importance of sustainable behaviour, the impact of the ocean on our lives and how museums can impact human behaviour for the better.

Critical Conversations: Green washing
When: Live on Tuesday 5 October, 7:30pm to 8:15pm
Where: Microsoft Teams.
Who: Adults
Whose voices are missing from museums? Which stories are not told? Which uncomfortable histories remain hidden? And how can museums move forward? From empire and colonialism to climate, identity and more, Critical Conversations bring together voices from a variety of perspectives to consider the critical issues. You will also have the opportunity to submit your thoughts and questions for the panel’s consideration. 
Today’s panel will discuss green washing; the ways that some companies attempt to appear more environmentally friendly than they really are.

Relaxed drawing
When: Wednesday 13 October, 5pm-7pm
Where: Wardlaw Museum
Who: All ages
Drop into the Wardlaw Museum to relax and draw. Find a place in the galleries and take inspiration from great artworks, capture the detail of an ancient artefact or bring a stuffed animal to life. Easy going, all talents welcome. We’ll provide the materials. No booking required.

Museum Storytime
When: Available from Wednesday 20 October
Where: Anchor, Spotify and other podcasting platforms
Who: All ages
Join us for a moment of calm. Our collections are full to the brim with objects that have interesting stories to tell. Take 10 minutes out of your day to hear them in Museum Storytime. Today we’ll be exploring a story connected to the ocean.

Relaxed drawing
When: Wednesday 20 October, 5pm-7pm
Where: Wardlaw Museum
Who: All ages
Drop into the Wardlaw Museum to relax and draw. Find a place in the galleries and take inspiration from great artworks, capture the detail of an ancient artefact or bring a stuffed animal to life. Easy going, all talents welcome. We’ll provide the materials. No booking required.

The Bell Pettigrew Sessions
When: Thursday 21 October, 7pm
Where: Facebook Live
Who: Adults
Join Museums of the University of St Andrews, the Students’ Association and STAR: St Andrews Radio to enjoy fantastic live music from St Andrews’ quirkiest venue. From singer-songwriters with a guitar to acoustic funk via jazz, soul and more besides, the Bell Pettigrew Sessions showcase the best student musicians in town.  

Dive Deeper Family Adventure
When: Saturday 23 October, 11am to 4pm
Where: Wardlaw Museum
Who: Families
Free, but booking essential. Book via Art Tickets.
Book a timed slot to dive through the different zones of the ocean and take part in challenges that explore the problems we face and the solutions that make our world better. Hands-on activites for the whole family.

Protest Art workshop
When: Wednesday 27 October, 2pm to 4pm
Where: Wardlaw Museum
Who: Adults
Free, booking essential. Book via Art Tickets.
Explore how to use art to campaign for greater protection for our ocean and the world around us.

Relaxed drawing
When: Wednesday 27 October, 5pm-7pm
Where: Wardlaw Museum
Who: All ages
Drop into the Wardlaw Museum to relax and draw. Find a place in the galleries and take inspiration from great artworks, capture the detail of an ancient artefact or bring a stuffed animal to life. Easy going, all talents welcome. We’ll provide the materials. No booking required.

Rockpool guddle
When: Saturday 30 October, 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Where: Meet at St Andrews Aquarium
Who: Families with children aged 5+
Free, but booking essential. Book via Art Tickets.
Come along and find out what creatures live in the rockpools nearby! And find out about how climate change has and does effect their environment from a ranger. Hands-on activity for families, recommended age of 5+. 
All materials will be provided, please wear appropiate footwear and clothing. Children must have adult supervision present at all times whilst taking part. 
The rockpool guddle will take place by West Sands beach, St Andrews. Meet at St Andrews Aquarium, a 5 minute walk from the Wardlaw Museum.

The Curiosity Conversation
Dr Laura Roe: Ruins and Remnants
When: Available from Thursday 28 October
Where: AnchorSpotify and other podcasting platforms
Who: Adults
The Curiosity Conversation speaks with a different expert every month to explore the world through the unexpected, ground-breaking or contested aspects of the stories museums tell. 
This month, Eilidh and Matt talk to Dr Laura Roe about her work on drug abuse and addiction in post-industrial Scotland.