Timesquare – the Blackstone chair

The Blackstone Chair (detail)

Becky at The Life of B has a new square picture challenge for December – #timesquare. Follow the link for guidance if you have a timely contribution. As for me, I don’t have time to take part every day (well, it’s already on Day 7) but I’ll pop in when I have a minute to spare.

Last night, we attended an evening event for Glasgow University staff in the Hunterian Museum. On the way out, I spotted the Blackstone Chair. (Forgive the fuzzy photos – the light was poor and I’d had prosecco.) Can you believe that until the mid-19th century, all examinations took place orally on this chair? Your time was up when the sand ran through. Click on the gallery below for a full explanation.

48 thoughts on “Timesquare – the Blackstone chair

  1. rosemaylily2014 December 16, 2018 / 08:46

    Am glad I didn’t have to go through an examination like that at university! It would have been very stressful (well exams were stressful enough anyway)!


  2. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) December 12, 2018 / 18:12

    I’m talking about the Blackstone chair too in my post on the Hunterian next week! I spotted it in the corner and had to check it out. I guess it piqued our interest for the same reasons!


  3. Liesbet @ Roaming About December 8, 2018 / 23:45

    Now that would be stressful! I’d be watching the sand more than focus on the question or concentrate on the answer. Interesting stuff, Anabel!


  4. kzmcb December 8, 2018 / 20:16

    Fabulous piece of history. Thank you. Imagine how our students would go now, if we had the time and examiners to continue such a method.


  5. Su Leslie December 8, 2018 / 19:02

    Torture indeed. I would never have graduated if I’d to rely on an oral exam. Apart from anything else, I am far too long-winded.


  6. restlessjo December 8, 2018 / 07:44

    Heavens! More of a torture chamber than a chair, Anabel! Great subject for the challenge though. 🙂 🙂 Happy weekend!

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  7. bob December 8, 2018 / 00:41

    I’ve been in the Hunterian a few times and don’t remember seeing that unless its a new exhibit in the museum. Maybe where J.K.Rowling got the sorting hat idea from or a similar type of university tradition in the past.

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    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter December 8, 2018 / 08:12

      Might be! I’ve never noticed it either, or I don’t remember it, but because I knew about Becky’s time challenge it caught my eye. It’s at the beginning near the Roman exhibit before you go through to the main hall.

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  8. ms6282 December 7, 2018 / 23:48

    To grt my professional qualifications ( manyyears ago now) I had to endure two oral examinations. So I think I know what it feels like 😬

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