Hunterian Museum to host fantasy fiction night as part of Scotland’s Winter Festival

By Ian Marland at

Scotland’s oldest public museum will celebrate the world of fantasy fiction next month.

The Hunterian will host a magical event in honour of the ever-popular genre.

Fantasy Night at the Hunterian

Pottering about: students Katarina O’Dette (front) and Ashley Bray (back right) and lecturer Dr Dahlia Porter (back left). Photo credit: Martin Shields

The University of Glasgow’s ‘Night at the Museum: Fantasy Scotland’ takes place on Friday November 24.

Modern Scottish fantasy as portrayed in literature, film and TV will provide the backdrop to the evening.

The event is inspired by the university’s newly-established postgraduate programme – MLitt English Literature: Fantasy.

Themes will cover J M Barrie’s Peter Pan and J K Rowling’s Harry Potter to the Outlander novels and TV series.

Visitors will be able to enjoy musical and literary performances, games, themed activity stations.

Pupils from Hillhead High School and University of Glasgow’s students got a sneak preview of artefacts that are set to feature.

Dr Rob Maslen is senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow and director of the Fantasy MLitt programme.

Fantasy Night and the Hunterian

Pictured: Katarina O’Dette, a student studying Fantasy at the University of Glasgow. Photo credit: Martin Shields

He said: “Fantasy is among the most popular and recognisable genres of the 21st century.

“It has transformed Scottish culture and the way people around the world imagine Scotland in recent years.

“This is a chance to find out how. We think you’ll be surprised as well as entertained.”

The event is being supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals as part of the celebrations for St Andrew’s Day.

Scotland’s Winter Festivals is a programme of events managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Dr Alasdair Allan, minister for international development and Europe, said: “Scotland’s Winter Festivals is an exciting and diverse events programme, offering Scots both at home and abroad the chance to celebrate everything great about our wonderful country during the winter months.”

‘VERSATILITY’

Professor Kevin O’Dell, dean of public engagement at the University of Glasgow, said the event was “a wonderful way to showcase the versatility of what happens every day in our university”.

Steph Scholten, director of The Hunterian said: “It’s great to see the museum alive at night with visitors from all over Scotland, enjoying our world-class collections alongside live music and performances.”

The event from 7pm-10pm is supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals as well as the Being Human Festival 2017

* Admission to the Fantasy Night at the Museum event is free but you must book your ticket via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/night-at-the-museum-fantasy-scotland-tickets-37027504262