Recent visitors to the National Library of Scotland may have noticed two stern visages gazing down on them as they ascend the front stair.
Every four years ice skating captures the attention of the world when the Winter Olympics take place. This week the world has watched Aliona Savchenko with partner Bruno Massot collapse on the ice with joy and exhaustion after winning Olympic gold at her fifth attempt. In 1984 a British television audience of more than 24 […]
As this post goes out on Saint Valentine’s Day your thoughts may be turning amorous. But are they turning to a bestselling 15th-century erotic epistolary novel written by a Scotland-visiting future Pope and once owned by a relic-collecting Catholic convert before being bought by the Library in the middle of World War II? Perhaps not, […]
If you plan to mark Shrove Tuesday by making some pancakes this year, look no further than Posh Pancakes for some inspiration. With over 70 different pancakes to choose from, it is the recipe for the perfect Pancake Day next week!
I have been thinking about nuclear attack and survival recently. Not especially because of recent international politics, but because of a book called Nerves Versus Nazis that found its way under my nose. Published in 1940, it is the personal advice of John Langdon-Davies on the subject of coping with air-raids. Based on his experiences […]
Fitting for wintry January days is this sculptural work of art, new to the National Library’s Artists Books collection. Sedna and the Fulmar is one of forty signed, limited-editions by artist Ron King at Circle Press in collaboration with Scottish poet Richard Price.
“5 Ingredients” by Jamie Oliver was the best-selling book in Britain last year selling over 700,000 copies and confirming the popularity of the celebrity chef. We perhaps think of celebrity chefs as a fairly recent phenomenon dating back to the 1950s with Fanny Craddock and later Delia Smith, Ken Hom and Keith Floyd leading the […]
We have a new printed special and named collection available to consult in our Special Collections Reading Room: the Peter Sharratt Collection. This is a selection of 153 volumes from the library of the late Dr. Peter Sharratt (d. 2014), a former lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, who specialised in the French Renaissance and […]
For the Library’s shopping day this year (Thursday, 14th December) we will have on display a very varied selection of Christmas cards, some widely commercially available at the time, and others designed by respected artists, sometimes for their own use. One such was Jessie M. (Marion) King (1875–1949). She was a celebrated illustrator and designer who […]
Wemyss Bay Station has been a vital part of Scottish transport links since its inception in 1865 when it was built to connect to Clyde steamer services to Rothesay, Largs and Millport. This halved the journey time for people travelling from Glasgow. This film from our Moving Image Archive’s collection shows the popularity of this […]