Hunterian project features on BBC 'Culture in Quarantine'

A major Hunterian project is being promoted by BBC arts 'Culture in Quarantine' which aims to bring 'arts and culture into your home' during lockdown.

The 2010-2014 project 'Mackintosh Architecture: Culture, Making and Meaning' and its resulting website are the focus of an article by retired Hunterian Senior Curator Professor Pamela Robertson. Posted on the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) website, it has been picked up by the BBC for their 'Culture in Quarantine' initiative because of the project's strong digital assets which are available for people to explore and enjoy during this lockdown period.

The article 'Glasgow's Shooting Star' now features on the BBC website and links to the 'Mackintosh Architecture' website.

'Mackintosh Architecture: Culture, Making and Meaning' was funded by the AHRC and led by Professor Pamela Robertson for The Hunterian with valuable input from Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The project produced the first full assessment of Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh's development and achievements as an architect. Its main output was the comprehensive free website that Professor Robertson describes as a 'one stop shop' for anyone interested in Mackintosh.

The website is actively maintained and updated and has been used extensively by the National Trust for Scotland, Historic Scotland and the Glasgow School of Art. Featuring images and data from the ‘job books' from Mackintosh's architectural practice, the website also features a catalogue raisonné of over 1,200 drawings by Mackintosh and other members of his practice, analytical essays, and biographies of key clients, contractors and suppliers.

A critically acclaimed exhibition 'Mackintosh Architecture' also took place at The Hunterian in 2014, then toured to the Royal Institute of British Architects in London in 2015.

First published: 20 April 2020

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