Magazines at the National Library of Scotland

As you would expect the National Library of Scotland has academic journals on all disciplines and also Scottish magazines and serial publications ranging from influential 19th century literary journals such as “Blackwood’s Edinburgh magazine” to modern titles such as D C Thomson’s recently launched “Danger mouse” comic and the new Scottish football journal “Nutmeg”. What […]

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Scottish local sports club histories

Walk around any town or city in Scotland and sooner rather than later you are likely to come across a sports club. Scotland is full of bowling greens, tennis courts and other sports venues often tucked away in otherwise residential areas. Similarly most community notice boards will have details of judo, karate, table tennis and […]

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Scottish Poorhouses

The Poor Law (Scotland) Act 1845 set up parochial boards in towns and rural areas and a Board of Supervision in Edinburgh. One of their purposes was to build poorhouses for those paupers who were not eligible for ‘outdoor relief’, which consisted of small sums of money given out weekly. The Board of Supervision published […]

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Christmas: a history

Mark Connelly examines the traditions which have contributed to the modern Christmas as an icon of cultural and social history. The key elements of the modern Christmas evolved during the nineteenth century as a result of a complex range of social, economic and cultural forces. Among the themes of the book are its Anglo-German origins […]

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Gardening women

(Photo credit: publisher- Virago) (Image shows two women halfway up two ladders tending to a plant, with the title of the book ‘Gardening women: their stories 1600 to the present’ and the authors name – Catherine Horwood) Women are rarely celebrated in the history of gardening – a fact Catherine Horwood, a historian and passionate […]

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