The burning of a book is a powerful action – especially when the act is carried out in public. The book may be burnt for many reasons but whatever the reason, it is a strong statement. In On the Burning of Books, Kenneth Baker explores famous moments throughout history when books have been burnt for […]
As 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare it was fortuitous that this summer the National Library was able to purchase a wonderful miniature edition of the Bard’s works. It is a 40 volume Complete Works of William Shakespeare printed in Scotland by Andersons Edinburgh Ltd. and published by Allied Newspapers […]
The Rio Olympics are finally here and we have already enjoyed a week’s worth of breath-taking sport! There is still plenty of excitement to come however, and the Library has received a fantastic guide to see you through the rest of the Games.
(Photo credit: Macmillan. Image above shows a woman in a long green coat and hat looking at a notice on a wall. The title of the book is written in gold text) Online dating is common nowadays with numerous dating sites competing to help set people up. But engaging an outside party to help find […]
One hundred years after the Battle of the Somme, it is difficult to imagine that anything new could be added to the history of this conflict. Yet, Hugh Sebag-Montefiore has written a fantastically detailed reappraisal of the battle at a time when the focus has once again returned to the fields of France a century […]
At the National Library of Scotland’s Maps Reading Room we are often asked to provide maps for all manner of media. From pamphlets produced by a local church, through books and exhibitions, to major motion pictures. So a request to use Paul Sandby’s ‘Plan of Castle Tyrim’ in a book did not raise many eyebrows. However, when the […]
In June 1940, after the Fall of France, the Canadian Government agreed to accept a number of Prisoners of War from Britain. It was believed that this would reduce the threat of a “Fifth Column” in the event of a very real threat of invasion. Many were sent to Camp R in Red Rock, […]
(Photo credit: The book of tea: Growing it, making it, drinking it, the history, recipes and lots more by Nick Kilby and Louise Cheadle is published by Jacqui Small LLP) (Image above shows the title of the book and the author names against an orange background with a white teacup and saucer) Louise Cheadle […]