Museums of the University of St Andrews News

Dr Katie Eagleton welcomed as new director of museums

Future plans for the Museums of the University of St Andrews were unveiled on 19th August at a reception to welcome new museums director Dr Katie Eagleton.  At a reception attended by guests from the museums community around Scotland Katie spoke of her excitement at plans for the refurbished museum on the Scores which will be renamed the Wardlaw Museum.  With added exhibition space and a newly refurbished gift shop the venue promises to be a thriving visitor attraction with something for everyone. 

Along with the two other main venues stewarded by the museums team the Bell Pettigrew Museum has proved immensely popular with visitors over the summer months with well over 1500 visitors in less than two months of being open to the public.  The next year will be an exciting one as the countdown begins towards the opening of the Wardlaw Museum in Spring 2020 and we look forward to being able to share the wonderful collections of the University of St Andrews to wider audiences.

 19 August 2019


St Andrews University museum extension project

 Medieval pottery found during archaeological excavations in the grounds of museum

Works have begun to build an extension to the museum which will re-open in Spring 2020.  In preparation for the building, archaeologists revealed a medieval pit containing up to one thousand sherds of medieval glazed pottery along with animal bones and shells dating from the 12th - 15th centuries.  The find has been described as "significant" by Fife Council archaeologist Douglas Spiers and sheds new light on the fact that activity in medieval St Andrews may have been earlier than previously thought.

 26 April 2019

Medieval pottery found during excavations outside MUSA

MUSA is now closed for refurbishment. When the museum re-opens, it will have

  • new gallery space
  • museum gift shop
  • a studio space
  • a new entrance area 
  • new environmental controls.

These new additions will allow the team bring to you a new programme of exhibitions and events for all to enjoy. 

In the meantime for details, of the museum events programme in other venues, please see events information.