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The Hunterian | Limitations on Collections: Whistler, Wallace and Burrell

October 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Hunterian Director Steph Scholten discusses the limiting conditions on collections with a panel of art experts

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Historical limitations on the use of museum collections: the ethics of change

The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow is home to a very large collection of materials from the artist James McNeil Whistler, donated by his sister-in-law in several instalments between 1935 and 1958. On a part of this donation limitations have been put in place that prevent the collections to travel of the university campus and, in some cases, even to be shown to the public. The current exhibition at The Hunterian ‘Whistler: Art and Legacy’ can therefore only be shown in Glasgow. Would it be desirable to change these limiting conditions? In this event, moderated by Hunterian director Steph Scholten, experts will discuss the practical and ethical challenges.

*All attendees will be sent Zoom link before event*


Dr Xavier Bray, Director of the Wallace Collection, London

Duncan Dornan, Head of Museums and Collections at Glasgow Life

Dr Grishka Petri, Honorary Research Fellow (University of Glasgow, School of Culture & Creative Arts)

Dr Elena Cooper, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, CREATe, University of Glasgow


October 19, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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