Man standing on biplane in flight

Sausages, steam trains and biplanes : Showcasing 100 years of Scotland on film

Most people when they think of films probably think of the latest blockbusters showing at the cinema; fantastic stories far removed from everyday life, and rarely showing anything of Scotland.  What many people don’t realise is that for four decades the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive has been collecting and preserving all kinds […]

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1930 in Kelvin Hall – Demonstration of John Logie Baird’s television

Diagram of the component parts of Baird’s Televisor, from the Library’s collections On the day before the opening of the National Library of Scotland in Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, here is an account of another exciting visual development which was hosted in Kelvin Hall. The Edinburgh Evening News of Thursday 30 January 1930, p. 8 has the following piece: JUNE […]

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1574 map showing North and South America

Map of the Month – 1574 map of the Americas

September’s Map of the Month is one of only seven surviving copies of Paolo Forlani’s 1574 map of the Americas. Beautifully engraved in a clear and legible style, this map shows the continents of North and South America as separate from Asia. Wind-rose lines surround the Americas; these would have aided navigation for sailors. To the south lies  […]

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