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Current Exhibitions: Gateway Galleries

Exhibition poster 'From Balloons to Typhoons'

From Balloons to Typhoons: RAF Leuchars – Life on Base

 

From the 14th of March to the 17th of May, the Gateway Galleries at the University of St Andrews will host a celebration of the history of the RAF base at Leuchars, Fife. The history of aviation at Leuchars goes back over one hundred years, when in 1911 a Balloon Squadron of the Royal Engineers began training in and above Tentsmuir forest.

 

Using a photographs and objects from the Leuchars base, and donations from other museums, the exhibition will focus on the people of RAF Leuchars and their stories, and provide a more personal representation of life behind the wire.

‘Journeys – 600 Years of the University of St Andrews’

This exhibition aims to celebrate the University’s long and distinguished history, placing key events in the context of other world events and examining this history from the point of view of students (both past and present), staff and the general St Andrews community.

The exhibition is laid out in four display cases, with one theme per case being examined:

  • Journeys Through Time
  • Journeys Around the World
  • Journeys of the Imagination
  • Armchair Journeys

Objects from across the University’s collections and from a broad range of time periods are displayed to help visitors examine these themes, and personal responses to (or recollections of) these objects form a basis to help visitors connect with them.

Two large wall spaces contain a timeline of University events, placed in context of Scottish and world events and a wall graphic based on benefactors to the University.