Timeline

1984    Gallery Studies MLitt was established by Professor Martin Kemp

1989    Dr. Ian Carradice arrived from the British Museums to set up Museum and Gallery Studies Diploma course. He was also appointed as the first Keeper of the University’s Museum Collections Unit.

1990    First student exhibition, Out in the Open, at the Crawford Arts Centre, a partnership that continued until the closure of the Centre in 2006

1991    The course was validated by the Museums Association as one of 13 Recognised courses providing a pre-qualification for the MA Diploma and also by the Cultural Heritage National Training Organisation (CHNTO)

1991    From this year onwards, contributed to in-service museum training in Scotland, in partnership with the University’s Centre for Continuing Education and the Scottish Museums Council (now Museums Galleries Scotland) devising and running Masterclasses for Curators and developed Museum Basics courses.

1994    Annette Carruthers joined the team

1995    Part-time in-service Museum and Gallery Studies course was set up in response to a request from the Scottish Museums Federation

1995/6  First exhibition, Reflections: from Alchemy to Astrophyics, at the St Andrews Museum, Kinburn Park, beginning ongoing partnership with Fife Council and, subsequently, Fife Cultural Trust

1997    Alison James, museum consultant, joined team to help run the part time course

1999    Ann Gunn joined the team

2002-9 Certificate course developed and delivered with the Museums Association for students wishing to gain the AMA by Route D

2005    Gateway Galleries opened and hosted MGS student exhibitions until 2017

2005    Museums, Galleries and Collections Institute (MGCI) founded and launched with inaugural public lecture given by Dr Charles Saumarez Smith, Director of the National Gallery, London.  Ian Carradice took secondment to work on university museum plans.

2008    MUSA – the Museum of the University of St Andrews opened by crime writer Ian Rankin.  MGS teaching moves into the Learning Loft in MUSA

2009    Dr Ulrike Weiss joined the team

2010    Three student exhibitions including experimental off-site show, Turn the Corner

2010-13 Developed and delivered Masters programme in Museum Studies at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi.

2012    Professor Ian Carradice retired

2012 Three student exhibitions including first collaboration with the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther

2013    Dr Karen Brown joined the team

2014    Annette Carruthers retired

2016-20 Dr Karen Brown running EU-LAC MUSEUMS Project

2016    Nicôle Meehan joined the teaching team and Jamie Brown joined the EU-LAC team

2017    Dr Agnès Bos joined the team

2017    EU-LAC MUSEUMS / MGCI Conference, defining museums

2017    First student exhibition in MUSA, in collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland

2018    MUSA closed for extension and renovation.  Experimental student exhibition using digital technology.