Wednesday, August 19, 2015

RADAR Frequently Asked Questions

This is just a quick update to let you know that we have added some FAQs to the Library Website in relation to RADAR that can be found HERE.

The FAQs are also located in RADAR. And can be found in the Help and Contact Information tab HERE.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

We've Reached a Milestone, 50,000 Downloads from RADAR!!!

We wish to inform you that we have reached and now gone past our 50,000th download in RADAR. This is a great achievement for GSA and continues to show the interest people have in the research being undertaken at GSA.

We want to congratulate Helen McCormack, as it was her output titled:

'Dr Hunter's Shield: Miscellaneous Curiosities and Antiquarian Debates', in William Hunter's World: The Art and Science of Eighteenth-Century Collecting, Ashgate 2013

That was the 50,000th downloaded output/item. The output can be found HERE

We spoke with Helen and asked her to provide us with some further details surrounding the research that she had done and her views on being the researcher with the 50,00th downloaded output. Detailed below is what Helen said...

My essay, ‘Dr Hunter’s Shield, “Miscellaneous curiosities” and antiquarian debates’, has recently been distinguished as the 50,000th thousand download from GSA’s RADAR repository. As with the ‘like’ feature on Facebook, I’m uncertain as to whether or not this provides any clue as to the essay’s popularity or otherwise! Such a statistic is, however, testimony to the qualities of RADAR as a resource for the dissemination of GSA’s richly diverse and scholarly research culture. Discovering that the essay had been identified as the 50,000th download was particularly timely as it has now been published by Ashgate in their series, Histories of Material Culture and Collecting, 1700-1950, William Hunter’s World: The Art and Science of Eighteenth-Century Collecting, (2015) edited by E. Geoffrey Hancock, Nick Pearce and Mungo Campbell. I was invited to write the essay by Professor Martin Kemp as an appendix to his research on the origins of a ‘parade shield’ which exits in the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow. While Professor Kemp sought to emphasise Dr Hunter’s shield as a Renaissance object, one that has potential associations with Milan during the lifetime of Leonardo da Vinci, my own original research highlighted the types of antiquarian debates that preoccupied William Hunter and his contemporaries during the eighteenth century, at a particular moment when disciplines such as archaeology, ethnography, geography and geology, were only just emerging. Indeed, Hunter was an early member of the Society of Antiquaries in London (1768) and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (1781). The debates surrounding Hunter’s shield concerned its authenticity as an ‘ancient’ object, a shield that perhaps belonged to the Roman period, and in my essay I suggest that William Hunter, as someone highly knowledgeable in the work of Greek and Roman material culture, correctly identified the shield as belonging to the Renaissance period and not earlier. The shield is a beautiful object, one of many ‘miscellaneous curiosities’ in the Hunterian’s expansive collections which will be made even more accessible to researchers once installed in a new permanent, purpose-designed Collections Study Centre at Kelvin Hall, beginning in 2016. The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery collections continue to inspire students from Glasgow School of Art and the foregrounding of Material Culture as a methodology of intellectual inquiry at GSA, evidenced, for example, by the forthcoming Material Culture in Action Conference, 7th-8th September 2015, will bring these great collections into further contact with GSA staff and students through established scholarly and practice-based research. So, I hope that my own book, William Hunter and his Eighteenth-Century Cultural Worlds: the Anatomist and the Fine Arts, (Ashgate, forthcoming) might help in forging these stronger connections, demonstrating the breadth of William Hunter’s interests, formed in the dynamically ‘curious’ Enlightenment culture of the eighteenth century and still provoking and stimulating intellectual discourse today. 

We wish to congratulate Helen again and thank her for her time in commenting on the output further. We look forward to reaching 100,000 downloads!! Watch this space...