St Andrews Historians at the Fife Science Festival


Picture courtesy of University of St Andrews Museums and Galleries

Dr Sarah Easterby-Smith and Dr Aileen Fyfe took part in MUSA’s ‘Star & Ship Enterprise’ event, a family event run as part of Fife Science Festival. Building from the theme, they displayed a selection of items that Captain Cook and his crew might have brought home from the South Pacific, after observing the transit of Venus in 1769. To get in the spirit of things, Dr Easterby-Smith and Dr Fife dressed the part, though their costumes turned out to be of less interest to younger visitors than the giant bat skeleton and the brain coral! The 1790s world map (centred on the Pacific, not Atlantic) caught the attention of many visitors, as the youngest struggled to find Britain and Australia, and those who could read were intrigued by names such as ‘New Holland’, ‘Dieman’s Land’, and ‘Hindoostan’.

About standrewshistory
With over forty full time members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from S cotland to Byzantium and the Americas to the Middle East and South Asia.Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching and tutorials allowing for in depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

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