William Cooper, crown-glass cutter, glazier, and stained glass maker to King William IV had a glass warehouse at 18 Picardy Place, Edinburgh in the early nineteenth century. He also wrote ‘The crown glass cutter and glazier’s manual’ in 1835, describing the history of glassmaking, the processes of glass manufacture and the different methods of using […]
The invention of nature : the adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the lost hero of science / by Andrea Wulf. Winner of Costa Biography award 2015. Why is this man not better known? That is the first thought which came to mind as I began to read this gripping and thoroughly researched biography, which is also a […]
I’m delighted to announce that our new exhibition is open! It’s free and will run until 29 May 2016. Plague! showcases eight contagious diseases that ravaged Scotland over the last 700 years, and explores the cultural history of society’s responses to epidemic outbreaks. We’re focusing on infectious diseases because of their devastating consequences for society as […]
On 22 May 1915 one of the worst railway accidents in Scotland happened at Quintinshill near Gretna Green in Dumfriesshire. Five trains were involved: a troop train carrying soldiers from the Leith Battalion of the Royal Scots, a local passenger train, a Glasgow express and two goods vehicles. Over 200 people were killed, with a […]
A new collection of medical documents from the British Raj is now available to browse and search on the Medical History of British India website.‘Medicine – Vaccination’ shows British efforts to vaccinate the Indian population against smallpox using the latest 19th and 20th century western scientific techniques.
(Photo credit: Ashgate, Gower & Lund Humphries Publishing) (Image above shows an empty cinema auditorium) This fascinating book by Richard Gray is an exploration of the history of the cinema building in Britain, from its 19th century origins right up to the present day. The earliest cinemas were little more than shop conversions or basic […]