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.