Digitising the Library’s Maps

By: Gabi Migdalska (Specialist Digital Production Operator ) and Rosemary Hall (Maps Assistant) The National Library of Scotland holds well over 1.5 million maps and counting. The collection ranges from manuscripts to single fold-out maps in books to Ordnance Survey series containing 1000s of sheets. Holding such extensive collections puts the Library in a unique […]

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Early photographic attempts; investigating a rare photograph from the collections of the National Library of Scotland

Ioannis Vasallos, Stephanie Jamieson The pioneers of photography, Fox-Talbot and Daguerre, revealed their photographic processes, the salted paper print and the daguerreotype respectively, in the year 1839. However, photographic practice and experimentation had long preceded that year, as the 19th century was a period of much photographic experimentation. The National Library of Scotland holds in […]

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Pride of Islands

Blog written by Gordon Park, Film Curation student at the University of Glasgow As part of my MSc Film Curation course I have been undergoing a placement with the Moving Image Archive at the National Library of Scotland. The outcome of my placement will be two screening events at Kelvin Hall that focus on Scotland’s […]

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Gutenberg Viewing

To mark Book Week Scotland 2018 and the 550th anniversary of the death of Johannes Gutenberg, the National Library’s copy of the Gutenberg Bible was on show publicly yesterday for 8 hours. Ours is the only copy in public ownership in Scotland, and this was the first time we put both volumes on display together. […]

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Happy Dictionary Day!

Hello, I’m Moray Teale and I am the Europeana Rise of Literacy Project Coordinator at the National Library. Today, October 16th, is National Dictionary Day in the United States! It celebrates the birth of Noah Webster, the most famous American lexicographer. Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language was published in 1828 but it was not […]

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