Robert Naismith: Scotland’s town planner

2016 marks the centenary of the birth of architect and town planner Robert James Naismith (1916-2004). A small collection of his books and pamphlets were donated to the Library after his death and form an interesting collection of works relating to Sir Patrick Geddes (1854-1932) and to town planning. Geddes, the celebrated social evolutionist and […]

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Is it a platinotype?

Within the collections here at the National Library we have a wide range of photographic material, displaying a variety of processes, formats and subjects.  Identification of photographic material can be tricky as there are many different processes that have been used and experimented with since the development of photography in the 1830s. 

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Scots poet on display – T.S. Law

Thomas Sturdy Law (1916-1997), a committed and powerful poet in the Scots language, was born in Lanarkshire one hundred years ago on Hallowe’en. Our current display in the main hall of our George IV Bridge building in Edinburgh notes the centenary of his birth, drawing on our extensive manuscript and published collections.

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Dare to dream!

Are you tired of working for other people and want to be your own boss? Are you up for the risk-taking, sleepless nights, worrying and the uncertainty of how you will pay the bills? Are you passionate about your business idea? Are you up for the biggest challenge of your life – setting up your […]

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Conservation Volunteers

The Library’s conservation volunteering programme The Library’s Conservation Unit frequently receives requests for volunteer placements, and it can be difficult to accommodate these within our busy workshop. Following discussions, we decided to create a summer programme which would allow us to take a batch of several volunteers, to work for a day a week on […]

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