From first viewing, it’s nothing very much to look at, a rather grainy piece of silent colour film lasting just under two minutes. Simply recorded as (Lifeboat Launch) the film was dated rather vaguely as ‘1950s’ with an ‘unknown location’. Time to send in the cataloguers.
My name is Sarah Hutcheson. I’m currently completing an internship within Rare Books Collections as part of my MSc in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the University of Edinburgh. I have spent most of my time here at the National Library working on the Provenance Project, researching and identifying the previous ownership history of rare books […]
This month’s Map of the Month celebrates the work of Alexander von Humboldt. The map Outlines of Botanical Geography appears in W.K. Johnston’s Physical Atlas (1848). Humboldt played an important part in the design and production of this map. Bearing an almost Faustian thirst for knowledge, Humboldt aimed to explore as much of the world as […]
A conservator’s job often involves removing non-archival tapes which have been used for repairs; a letter of C. F. Gordon Cumming to John Murray from 1885, however, proved particularly challenging.
Aurora Borealis – By Marco Ottobelli – Own work, [CC BY-SA 4.0] What does “Iceland” mean to you? To me the name conjures up the distinctive Icelandic style of knitting very cosy jumpers, Magnus and Sally Magnusson, long dark nights with the Northern Lights putting on a show, and nervously watching the latest up-dates on […]
Digitisation programmes can provide the rare opportunity to assess collection material item by item, page by page. Even readers and researchers, who may well consult a volume extensively, are unlikely to scrutinise every single page of a volume in its entirety. Working as the National Library of Scotland digitisation conservator allows me to condition assess […]
In 1903, American photographer Alfred Stieglitz began Camera Work, a periodical dedicated to the art of photography. 50 issues of camera work were published between 1903 and 1917, featuring the work of photographers such as Eduard Steichen, Paul Strand, Gertrude Käsebier and Stieglitz himself.
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 […]
The National Library of Scotland is a place of research, investigation, reflection, amusement, and distraction. We are keen to support and celebrate research in all of its manifestations. In addition to research which takes place in a more formal way through academic institutions, we know that lots of research takes place outside of that environment. […]