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Tune in as Curator Ann Cameron goes fishing for films at 2pm tomorrow, Friday 18 June. From Wick to Burnmouth, these cli...
17/06/2021

Tune in as Curator Ann Cameron goes fishing for films at 2pm tomorrow, Friday 18 June. From Wick to Burnmouth, these clips from the 1800s to the 1960s provide a fascinating window into the fishing communities of the time. This online talk includes footage from our recently digitised Wick Kinora reels. Book (via eventbrite) at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fishing-for-films-in-the-moving-image-archive-tickets-155600103097

Tune in as Curator Ann Cameron goes fishing for films at 2pm tomorrow, Friday 18 June. From Wick to Burnmouth, these clips from the 1800s to the 1960s provide a fascinating window into the fishing communities of the time. This online talk includes footage from our recently digitised Wick Kinora reels. Book (via eventbrite) at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fishing-for-films-in-the-moving-image-archive-tickets-155600103097

Why *do* gardens matter? In our upcoming event, Professor Joanna Geyer-Kordesch will share how she found healing and reg...
10/06/2021
Events

Why *do* gardens matter? In our upcoming event, Professor Joanna Geyer-Kordesch will share how she found healing and regeneration after a major stroke, and in a place only a step outside her door: the garden.

At this free online event on 17 June at 2pm, Joanna will bring alive the book she has written and - in conversation with Donald Smith - show the irrefutable healing power of gardens and green spaces.

Find out more and book your ticket > www.nls.uk/events/#jun17

Events at the National Library of Scotland

Friends, we’re *delighted* to tell you that we’ve secured a rather special manuscript for the nation. The manuscript in ...
03/06/2021

Friends, we’re *delighted* to tell you that we’ve secured a rather special manuscript for the nation.

The manuscript in question is the Chronicle of Fortingall.

Scribes compiled this manuscript between 1554 and 1579 at the village of Fortingall in Highland Perthshire and it contains contemporary annals, poetry and other short texts in Latin, Scots and Gaelic.

Fun aside: the village of Fortingall is also home to an ancient Yew tree - one of the oldest trees in Britain > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortingall_Yew

Back to the manuscript. The scribes who compiled it belonged to the MacGregor family who also compiled the slightly earlier Book of the Dean of Lismore.

The Book of the Dean of Lismore is the earliest surviving collection of Gaelic poetry compiled in Scotland. It’s in our collections and is one of our greatest treasures. View it online > https://digital.nls.uk/gaelic-manuscripts-of-scotland/archive/75251773#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=0

Fascinatingly, scholarly research shows us that the Book of the Dean of Lismore and the Fortingall Manuscript were almost certainly compiled by members of the same family.

As Manuscripts Curator Dr Ulrike Hogg says “the two manuscripts are so closely connected that it’s difficult to describe one without reference to the other. It’s a great privilege for us to be able to bring them together again after their compilation some 450 years ago.”

The Gaelic contents of the Chronicle of Fortingall make a significant addition to our Scottish Gaelic manuscripts collection, which is the largest in the world.

Dr Martin MacGregor from the University of Glasgow notes that the manuscript “provides insight into public life in the Highlands in the later Middle Ages… and has great linguistic importance as it embodies the interplay of Latin, Scots and Gaelic as written languages in then Gaelic-speaking Scotland.”

This acquisition was made possible with generous support from the Friends of the National Library, the Magnus and Janet Soutar Trust, the B H Breslauer Foundation Fund and the Leckie Family Charitable Trust.

Friends, we’re *delighted* to tell you that we’ve secured a rather special manuscript for the nation.

The manuscript in question is the Chronicle of Fortingall.

Scribes compiled this manuscript between 1554 and 1579 at the village of Fortingall in Highland Perthshire and it contains contemporary annals, poetry and other short texts in Latin, Scots and Gaelic.

Fun aside: the village of Fortingall is also home to an ancient Yew tree - one of the oldest trees in Britain > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortingall_Yew

Back to the manuscript. The scribes who compiled it belonged to the MacGregor family who also compiled the slightly earlier Book of the Dean of Lismore.

The Book of the Dean of Lismore is the earliest surviving collection of Gaelic poetry compiled in Scotland. It’s in our collections and is one of our greatest treasures. View it online > https://digital.nls.uk/gaelic-manuscripts-of-scotland/archive/75251773#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=0

Fascinatingly, scholarly research shows us that the Book of the Dean of Lismore and the Fortingall Manuscript were almost certainly compiled by members of the same family.

As Manuscripts Curator Dr Ulrike Hogg says “the two manuscripts are so closely connected that it’s difficult to describe one without reference to the other. It’s a great privilege for us to be able to bring them together again after their compilation some 450 years ago.”

The Gaelic contents of the Chronicle of Fortingall make a significant addition to our Scottish Gaelic manuscripts collection, which is the largest in the world.

Dr Martin MacGregor from the University of Glasgow notes that the manuscript “provides insight into public life in the Highlands in the later Middle Ages… and has great linguistic importance as it embodies the interplay of Latin, Scots and Gaelic as written languages in then Gaelic-speaking Scotland.”

This acquisition was made possible with generous support from the Friends of the National Library, the Magnus and Janet Soutar Trust, the B H Breslauer Foundation Fund and the Leckie Family Charitable Trust.

26/05/2021

Do you have a passion for Scotland’s cultural heritage and a desire to share your skills with us?

We’re seeking a new Chair of our Board of Trustees to lead our ambitious plans for the future.

The National Library of Scotland is a place for inspiration, exploration and enjoyment.

As one of the leading national libraries in Europe, we create opportunities for people to participate in Scotland’s rich cultural life and to engage with their heritage.

As guardian of the published and recorded memory of Scotland, our aim is to share our collections locally and globally, enriching lives through learning, research and discovery, and engaging with all of Scotland’s communities.

The new Chair will champion the delivery of our new strategy “Reaching People” and lead the Board into the centenary anniversary of the Library in 2025.

Read “Reaching People” on our website > www.nls.uk/strategy/
You will have the drive to inspire the organisation, guide strategic decision-making, represent the Library in the public arena, and enhance fundraising activities.

A confident and engaging communicator, you will have board experience covering times of organisational change and the use of digital technology to reach new audiences and communities. You will also have the capacity to give this role the time commitment required.

Are we looking for you? Find out more and apply at https://applications.appointed-for-scotland.org/

*Spaces available for our free online family history workshop at 3pm today, Wednesday 26 May*Learn about the free resour...
26/05/2021
Family History From Home: An Introduction

*Spaces available for our free online family history workshop at 3pm today, Wednesday 26 May*

Learn about the free resources available through the Library that can help you with your family history research. Book your free place via the following link > http://eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-history-from-home-an-introduction-tickets-154842982529*

Learn about the free resources available through the Library that can help you with your family history research.

Phoebe Anna Traquair (born #onthisday in 1852) played a key role in the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland. Learn more...
24/05/2021

Phoebe Anna Traquair (born #onthisday in 1852) played a key role in the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland. Learn more about her life and work, specifically her beautifully illuminated manuscript of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's 'Sonnets from the Portugese' (pictured) > https://digital.nls.uk/traquair/manuscript.html

Phoebe Anna Traquair (born #onthisday in 1852) played a key role in the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland. Learn more about her life and work, specifically her beautifully illuminated manuscript of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's 'Sonnets from the Portugese' (pictured) > https://digital.nls.uk/traquair/manuscript.html

The deadline to apply for the Orkney Scriever residency is this Monday 24 May - more details below.
20/05/2021

The deadline to apply for the Orkney Scriever residency is this Monday 24 May - more details below.

We’re pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Scots Scriever residency. This year, we're teaming up with Orkney Library & Archive to give one Orkney-based resident the opportunity to develop creative work in Orcadian. 2021 is the centenary of Orcadian writer George Mackay Brown and the Scriever will celebrate the richness of the Orcadian dialect.

The Scots Scriever role will involve a high level of public engagement and the chosen applicant will work closely with the Scots collections at both libraries. The residency is open to all creative disciplines for written work, for example poetry, songwriting and non-fiction.

Funded by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, the successful applicant will receive £15,000 for the fixed-term residency of 12 months.

The successful resident will be committed to raising the profile, understanding and appreciation of creative work in Orcadian and Scots by producing original work, as well as working alongside local communities in Orkney. They will have evidence of established creative practice, the ability to respond to primary sources from cultural heritage sites and archival collections creatively. The resident will have experience of public engagement and events within community settings, as well as the ability to communicate and promote their creative work.

The application deadline is Monday 24 May at 9am. Find out more and apply on our careers website > https://www.nls.engageats.co.uk/Welcome.aspx

You can also find more information about the residency on our website > https://www.nls.uk/news/media/orcadian-scots-scriever/

Buzzing to share these gorgeous 1625 engravings from our copy of 'Melissographia' - one of only four in the world. This ...
20/05/2021

Buzzing to share these gorgeous 1625 engravings from our copy of 'Melissographia' - one of only four in the world.

This book is part of the Moir Rare Book Collection that we hold - probably the finest and most comprehensive assortment of beekeeping books in the world.

More info on the collection via our website > https://digital.nls.uk/moir/microscope.html

'Melissographia'. Rome (1625). [Shelfmark: MRB.233]

#WorldBeeDay

Buzzing to share these gorgeous 1625 engravings from our copy of 'Melissographia' - one of only four in the world.

This book is part of the Moir Rare Book Collection that we hold - probably the finest and most comprehensive assortment of beekeeping books in the world.

More info on the collection via our website > https://digital.nls.uk/moir/microscope.html

'Melissographia'. Rome (1625). [Shelfmark: MRB.233]

#WorldBeeDay

WANTED: Head of Archives and Manuscript Collections.In this senior role you'll be responsible for collection development...
11/05/2021

WANTED: Head of Archives and Manuscript Collections.

In this senior role you'll be responsible for collection development, interpretation and research as well as building partnerships and reaching diverse audiences.

Are we looking for you? Find out more and apply at > http://nls.engageats.co.uk/LoginV2.aspx

WANTED: Head of Archives and Manuscript Collections.

In this senior role you'll be responsible for collection development, interpretation and research as well as building partnerships and reaching diverse audiences.

Are we looking for you? Find out more and apply at > http://nls.engageats.co.uk/LoginV2.aspx

We're delighted to sponsor 'Celebrating 40 years of Lanark' at Aye Write Glasgow's Book Festival. The event includes Lib...
10/05/2021

We're delighted to sponsor 'Celebrating 40 years of Lanark' at Aye Write Glasgow's Book Festival. The event includes Library curator Colin McIlroy talking about our Alasdair Gray archive and Gray's seminal novel Lanark - book your tickets at www.glasgowlife.org.uk/event/1/celebrating-40-years-of-lanark

We're delighted to sponsor 'Celebrating 40 years of Lanark' at Aye Write Glasgow's Book Festival. The event includes Library curator Colin McIlroy talking about our Alasdair Gray archive and Gray's seminal novel Lanark - book your tickets at www.glasgowlife.org.uk/event/1/celebrating-40-years-of-lanark

We’re delighted to announce that the 2022 Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition is now open for entries.The theme of ...
06/05/2021

We’re delighted to announce that the 2022 Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition is now open for entries.

The theme of the 2022 competition is ‘Scotland’s Stories’ and we’d like entrants to submit bookbindings relating to Scottish authors, or stories and legends of Scotland. We’re also happy to accept entries which are translations of the work of Scottish authors into international languages. We hope entrants will be inspired by the wide range of literature produced by Scottish authors, past and present, and Scotland's vibrant literary culture.

The competition's two prize categories are Best Creative Binding and Best Craft Binding. Each category itself carries two prizes — a main prize and a student prize.

The closing date for entries is Thursday 24 February 2022. More information, including entry details, is on our website > www.nls.uk/events/competitions/bookbinding/

We’re delighted to announce that the 2022 Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition is now open for entries.

The theme of the 2022 competition is ‘Scotland’s Stories’ and we’d like entrants to submit bookbindings relating to Scottish authors, or stories and legends of Scotland. We’re also happy to accept entries which are translations of the work of Scottish authors into international languages. We hope entrants will be inspired by the wide range of literature produced by Scottish authors, past and present, and Scotland's vibrant literary culture.

The competition's two prize categories are Best Creative Binding and Best Craft Binding. Each category itself carries two prizes — a main prize and a student prize.

The closing date for entries is Thursday 24 February 2022. More information, including entry details, is on our website > www.nls.uk/events/competitions/bookbinding/

We’re pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Scots Scriever residency. This year, we're teaming up w...
05/05/2021

We’re pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Scots Scriever residency. This year, we're teaming up with Orkney Library & Archive to give one Orkney-based resident the opportunity to develop creative work in Orcadian. 2021 is the centenary of Orcadian writer George Mackay Brown and the Scriever will celebrate the richness of the Orcadian dialect.

The Scots Scriever role will involve a high level of public engagement and the chosen applicant will work closely with the Scots collections at both libraries. The residency is open to all creative disciplines for written work, for example poetry, songwriting and non-fiction.

Funded by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, the successful applicant will receive £15,000 for the fixed-term residency of 12 months.

The successful resident will be committed to raising the profile, understanding and appreciation of creative work in Orcadian and Scots by producing original work, as well as working alongside local communities in Orkney. They will have evidence of established creative practice, the ability to respond to primary sources from cultural heritage sites and archival collections creatively. The resident will have experience of public engagement and events within community settings, as well as the ability to communicate and promote their creative work.

The application deadline is Monday 24 May at 9am. Find out more and apply on our careers website > https://www.nls.engageats.co.uk/Welcome.aspx

You can also find more information about the residency on our website > https://www.nls.uk/news/media/orcadian-scots-scriever/

We’re pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Scots Scriever residency. This year, we're teaming up with Orkney Library & Archive to give one Orkney-based resident the opportunity to develop creative work in Orcadian. 2021 is the centenary of Orcadian writer George Mackay Brown and the Scriever will celebrate the richness of the Orcadian dialect.

The Scots Scriever role will involve a high level of public engagement and the chosen applicant will work closely with the Scots collections at both libraries. The residency is open to all creative disciplines for written work, for example poetry, songwriting and non-fiction.

Funded by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, the successful applicant will receive £15,000 for the fixed-term residency of 12 months.

The successful resident will be committed to raising the profile, understanding and appreciation of creative work in Orcadian and Scots by producing original work, as well as working alongside local communities in Orkney. They will have evidence of established creative practice, the ability to respond to primary sources from cultural heritage sites and archival collections creatively. The resident will have experience of public engagement and events within community settings, as well as the ability to communicate and promote their creative work.

The application deadline is Monday 24 May at 9am. Find out more and apply on our careers website > https://www.nls.engageats.co.uk/Welcome.aspx

You can also find more information about the residency on our website > https://www.nls.uk/news/media/orcadian-scots-scriever/

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