(Image shows the cover of the book which is a picture of Roald Amundsen. Photo credit: Aurum Press) In the early twentieth century, many of the great geographical mysteries that had intrigued adventurers for centuries remained unsolved; leaving unexplored blank areas on otherwise increasingly detailed global maps. Whereas Tibet, African and the Amazon had […]
Have you ever looked at an Admiralty Chart and wondered how each of the sea depths were measured? What about before the invention of echo sounding devices? What did an early oceangrapher use to calculate each fathom? Prior to the early 19th century soundings were measured using a lead line system. A sailor would cast […]
It was one of those blustery days, Halloween was approaching and the wee man wanted me to accompany him guising. I had my trepidations; when we were kids everyone in our street knew each other, in fact we grew up within a few miles radius – it wasn’t a big deal knocking on doors a […]
On 31 October 1517 the German monk Martin Luther posted 95 theses for academic disputation on the door of a church in Wittenberg. This event now symbolises the starting point of the Protestant Reformation, and this year sees its 500th anniversary. We have put on an exhibition of original Lutheran tracts which tell the story […]
As the nights draw in this autumn, it could be the perfect time to learn a new skill or hobby. If you feel daunted, or that you don’t have the time to devote to something new, look no further than Micromastery, which is new to the Library’s collections.
The Library has recently acquired a book bound in vellum for King James VI, probably in the 1580s. This is one of a small group of books that are known to exist in bindings that were produced for James before the union of the crowns in 1603 and is a significant purchase. Of the nine […]
On Wednesday the 27th of September the fantastic Lost Glasgow held an event at Kelvin Hall taking visitors on a ‘photographic daunder from Finnieston to Partick Cross’ One week on, I thought it would be interesting to explore the memories my colleagues and I hold as we are celebrating our first birthday in this amazing building. To […]
People often think that the only way to search for material in the National Library of Scotland is via the on-line catalogue. However there are other resources available that can pinpoint useful material that can assist with your research. For example, if you are studying the history of Largs, you will find quite a few […]
Do you like beer? Do you fully understand the process of brewing beer? There is no doubt that beer is a highly popular alcoholic drink but how many of those who enjoy it stop to think about how its four ingredients – hops, malted barley, water and yeast – miraculously combine.