Still from 'The Last Fisherman'

Fishing for films

‘’There are 24 hours in the day and every one of them is for fishing.’’  Beyond the Grampians (1963) Films are often factual historical documents providing evidence, not simply of working practices, but how people lived and what life was actually like.  Audiovisual records can contain inherent bias or a particular audience or message that […]

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Exploring climate change, environmental damage and race.

Through newspaper and journal articles accessed via Ethnic NewsWatch, this blog post by our Climate Crisis Intern explores the relationship between climate change, environmental damage, and race. “Global climate change is experienced very differently across race, gender, class and nationality.”  So begins a 2012 article from Race, Gender & Class, a journal available on Ethnic […]

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Reading list: In reflection of Black History Month

In reflection of US Black History Month, the cohort of interns here at the National Library of Scotland have curated a reading list of titles from the Library’s ever-expanding print and digital collections relating to Black history.   Our internships are as follows:  Access and Outreach  Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion  Climate Crisis  Gaelic Translation  Rights and Personalisation  Creating Media Content  This small selection of material comes from a larger pool of […]

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Gannet hunt image from 'Sulisgeir Gannet Hunt' in the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive

Wild Scotland on Film

‘’The light of enchantment on heather and lochan, the curler’s call, the fragrance of green bog myrtle, slow silence enfolding all’’ Bee Keeping in the North (1946) (Intertitles on silent film) Scotland’s great outdoors features in many memorable films – think of the brooding mountains of Glencoe in ‘Skyfall’ or the breathtaking Aberdeenshire village of […]

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21st Century Periods

In early 2020, following the Government’s Period Poverty Bill and the subsequent Let’s Call Periods, Periods campaign, we committed to supplying free sanitary products in our buildings. By happy coincidence, General Collections curators Dora Petherbridge and Jan Usher had been working with Professor Bettina Bildhauer and Dr Camilla Mørk Røstvik of St Andrews University, who […]

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