This year our advent calendar celebrates the natural world. Every day in the run-up to Christmas a new image from our collections will be revealed including animals, butterflies and flowers from our Victorian illustrated books and some weird and wonderful drawings from our Norman McLaren Archive! The advent calendar can be viewed here.
The images included in the calendar highlight the rich holdings we have relating to the natural world, both printed and archival. In 2012 we put together an exhibition entitled ‘Going Wild in the Archive’ which displayed material from our collections alongside items from the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences museum collection. Material was displayed across the campus, including a full tiger skeleton which took up residence in our reading room for several months! The calendar also provides a nice introduction to the Year of Natural Scotland 2013 which will celebrate Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty.