University Of Glasgow Zoology Museum

University Of Glasgow Zoology Museum

The Zoology Museum, located in the Graham Kerr Building, was designed to house the Hunterian Museum’s zoological collections. It is a show-case for the animal world and highlights its diversity. As well as extensive collections of corals and shell, it is abundantly rich in insect life.

The Museum is laid out in the manner of a Greek temple with a Doric peristasis (colonade or row of columns) around the central top-lit display/working area and a surrounding outer pteron (aisle) for wall display cases. Sir John Graham Kerr was very particular about how the collections were to be presented, which included a preference for black velvet backgrounds in the display cases and black descriptive labels with gold text.

The Museum was designed by Sir John James Burnet (with input from Graham Kerr) and built from 1922 to early 1924. It was designed to be located centrally between the main lecture theatre and the elementary laboratory to encourage the use of its collections.

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The Zoology Collections represent most of the major groups of animals but with particular strength in the insects. Of the 600,000 specimens, 90% are insects.

Dire Wolf skeleton

The historical core of the collection is William Hunter’s natural history material of which shells, insects and corals survive today.

Important additions to entomology were made by the acquisition of the extensive J. J. F. X. King (1923) and T. G. Bishop (1933) collections. University staff in the Department of Zoology added significant material in the areas of economic, medical and regional (Scottish) entomology.

Outwith the entomology collections, and reflecting its growth as a University teaching and reference collection, there is broad coverage of the animal kingdom with good mammalian osteology and a spirit collection of several thousand specimens representing mainly invertebrates and the lower vertebrates.