Scotland’s universities have a rich and diverse resource of special research collections, museums, rare books, and archives: collections recognised as being of national importance and world significance. SURCAS connects doctoral researchers in the arts and humanities with these unique resources, providing funding for short-term research projects with a public engagement outcome.
2018 saw the Scottish Universities Research Collections Associate Scheme fund four projects at collections across Scotland.
The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
Leslie Jacoby worked with The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow on a participatory interactive event focused on historical bird books. Thus allowing for the display of manuscripts and books from noted researchers in the field and giving participants a new appreciation for both the field of research and the depth of information available through The Hunterian.
Davidson Collection, University of Aberdeen
Rhona Ramsay worked on the practices of the University of Aberdeen’s Davidson's Collection and links between Naken chaetrie (the material culture of Gypsy/Travellers) at the University of Aberdeen and the Highland Folk Museum. This aimed to bring Naken chaetrie out from museum stores and encourage interpretation from a different perspective.
The John Grierson Archive, University of Stirling
Isabel Segui worked with the collections at University of Stirling to highlight and promote awareness on the filmmakers Ruby and Marion Grierson. University of Stirling holds a collection on documentary maker John Grierson, which holds materials relating to his filmmaker sisters Ruby and Marion. The project highlighted their work, overshadowed by their male relative, and produced lasting public records of the materials kept at the collection.
The Clark Collection, Napier University
Helen Williams worked with special collections at Napier University, utilising the Clark Collection to build a timeline of events and innovations in print technology. This fed back into the resources available through the Clark Collection, which does not currently have such a timeline available.