Nothing says ‘Christmas’ like a gun-toting duck …

For the Library’s shopping day this year (Thursday, 14th December) we will have on display a very varied selection of Christmas cards, some widely commercially available at the time, and others designed by respected artists, sometimes for their own use. One such was Jessie M. (Marion) King (1875–1949). She was a celebrated illustrator and designer who […]

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1967 Sexual Offences Act: 50 years ago today

It is 50 years today (27th July) since the passing of the 1967 Sexual Relations Act, which de-criminalised male homosexuality (female homosexuality had never been criminalised).  The findings of the Wolfenden Report[1] were the biggest impetus for the change in the law. Amongst the Library’s huge collections we have many publications dating from the period […]

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Tam Dalyell: the shipping news

When Tam Dalyell, the distinguished politician, died in January, I fell to reminiscing about his long public service. As is often the case, appreciation of a person’s qualities is heightened by their sudden departure; too late for delivering a message personally, we are inspired to write about them instead. I could focus on his detestation […]

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The Library of Mistakes

Down a small lane, at 4a Wemyss Place Mews, in the Scottish Investment Trust building, you will find the Library of Mistakes. A strange name, you may think, but this is a library dedicated to avoiding mistakes. The Keeper, Russell Napier, was inspired by the banking sector’s spectacular crash in 2008, and set up the library […]

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