In light of the rapidly-evolving pandemic of coronavirus Covid-19 in the UK, Europe and further afield, we have taken the decision to postpone the opening of the Wardlaw Museum.

This is one of a number of steps we are taking, based on expert medical advice and in close consultation with the Scottish Government, to minimise the spread of the virus, keep staff and students safe, and protect our local community.

More details, including our new opening date, will be posted here soon.

Please be assured, this is not a signal that the University is preparing to close. The University will continue to deliver teaching and assessment to the best of its ability.

‘Julia Margaret Cameron: Vision & Verse’ is one of the first temporary exhibitions to be held in the newly reopened Wardlaw Museum

This free exhibition displays the recently acquired Idylls of the King and Other Poems written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and illustrated by the pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Exploring the relationship between word and image this exhibition highlights Cameron’s dedication to her photographic craft and her interpretations of Tennyson’s writings.

Julia Margaret Cameron staged, photographed, developed, and printed each of the thirteen photos displayed in the album. She also hand-wrote seven of the poems to be lithographed into the final volume, editing the text to create her own narratives. The resulting volume was extremely expensive, and far from a commercial success. Few copies of Idylls survive, making Julia Margaret Cameron: Vision & Verse a rare opportunity to view the book.

This Victorian photographic book was purchased with assistance from the Friends of the National Library and conserved by The University of St. Andrews Library, Special Collections.


Dates: tbc
Location: Wardlaw Museum, University of St Andrews
Address: 7a The Scores, St Andrews, KY16 9AR
Opening Hours: tbc
Entry is FREE