Events at NLS

Browse the list below to find out about talks, workshops and more organised by the National Library of Scotland.

Book online or phone 0131 623 3734. Places are limited, so we recommend that you book in advance. For more information, or to join the events mailing list, email nlsevents@nls.uk.

List updated: 2 March.


March events

Guided tour of the Library

Group of people on staircase

A guided tour of the building and introduction to the Library's collections and history. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Numbers limited, so booking is essential. Please let us know if you have special access requirements.

4 March
10.30
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


March events

 

World Book Day – Tour of your National Library

World Book Day 2015 logo

As part of World Book Day, learn about the Library's collections, services, exhibitions and events. Enjoy a tour of the public areas and behind the scenes. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Please let us know if you have special access requirements.

5 March
10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 14.00, 15.00 and 16.00
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

American Civil War display guided tour

Eagle and American Civil War flags

A curator-led tour of the rare and unique material exhibited in our treasures display 'Yankee cries and rebel yells', marking the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.

5 March
14.30
Free. No need to book.


 

World Book Day: Rare 'Alice' editions on display

World Book Day 2015 logo

View the extremely rare 1865 first edition of 'Alice's adventures in Wonderland' as part of World Book Day. The book was withdrawn from print, and only a few bound copies have survived. You can also see two copies of the second edition from 1866, open to display John Tenniel's most famous illustrations of Alice meeting the Cheshire cat and the Mad Hatter's tea party.

5 March
16.30-18.30
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

Flora Sandes

Flora Sandes

Englishwoman Flora Sandes was the only western woman to enlist as a soldier in the First World War. She became a heroine and a media sensation after she was wounded fighting in the Serbian Army. Louise Miller will examine why only Flora — out of the millions of Allied women who undertook war work — was able to become a soldier.

10 March
18.00
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.

 


 

Gonnae no dae that: An afternoon with Allan Morrison

Cover: Gonnae no dae that

Natives of Scotland know that Scots have a unique way of communicating their feelings. Writer of the recently released 'Gonnae no dae that' — a book of Scottish sayings with deadpan English translations — Allan Morrison is a master of the Scots language. Come along for afternoon of Scottish humour and wit that will have you 'rollin on the flair laughin' yer heid aff'.

11 March
14.00
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

These dangerous women

Chrystal Macmillan

How did Chrystal Macmillan of Edinburgh become an organiser for the International Congress of Women in 1915? Independent scholar Helen Kay explores how 1,200 women met at The Hague amidst warfare to discuss how the First World War, and all wars, could be ended. Kay will lead the debate to consider how we should acknowledge these brave women.

11 March
18.00
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

Workshop: 'United to protect' — Scottish working women's history

Two Edwardian women

Find out about female activists who worked tirelessly to improve working conditions in Scotland and who were prepared to risk their lives to help those in need. Maria Castrillo, Political Collections Curator, and Jan Usher, Social Sciences Curator, will reveal the role women have played in the history of the trade union and co-operative movements. A 90-minute workshop based on material from the Library's labour history collections.

12 March
11.00
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

American Civil War display guided tour

Eagle and American Civil War flags

A curator-led tour of the rare and unique material exhibited in our treasures display 'Yankee cries and rebel yells', marking the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.

12 March
14.30
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

What do you need to know about dementia?

June Andrews

How do you know if someone has dementia? Is there anything you can do to stop it? And if it strikes what can you do? June Andrews, international authority on dementia care and author of 'The one stop guide to dementia', talks about how to stay well and avoid trouble.

12 March
18.00
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


Guided tour of the Library

Group of people on staircase

A guided tour of the building and introduction to the Library's collections and history. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Numbers limited, so booking is essential. Please let us know if you have special access requirements.

16 March
14.00
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


Why beer? Why now?

Stewart Brewing logo

Tim Blades from Stewart Brewing talks through how brewing has got to where it is today in Scotland and the UK and why beer matters so much right now. Expect hop sniffing, malt chewing, and free samples. Oh, and what is Craft Beer anyway?

16 March
18.00 (1 hour)
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

Scottish women of science: Forebears of today's scientists

Women scientists

Science Curator Catherine Booth will share some of the stories she has unearthed while researching the lives and work of female scientists of the past. Scottish women have been making major contributions to progress in all scientific disciplines for many years, yet they are generally little known. Several achieved 'firsts' for women, and were among the early female Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

17 March
18.00
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

Women and trade unions

Three Edwardian women

Trade unions are often regarded as a man's world, but closer examination of our history uncovers many examples of women organising collectively, speaking up for employment rights and equality. In this presentation Ann Henderson looks at examples from the early part of the 20th century in Scotland. Will common themes emerge when we compare with women and the trade unions today?

19 March
18.00
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

Workshop: 'United to protect' — Scottish working women's history

Two Edwardian women

Find out about female activists who worked tirelessly to improve working conditions in Scotland and who were prepared to risk their lives to help those in need. Maria Castrillo, Political Collections Curator, and Jan Usher, Social Sciences Curator, will reveal the role women have played in the history of the trade union and co-operative movements. A 90-minute workshop based on material from the Library's labour history collections.

24 March
14.00
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

On being a man: Four Scottish men in conversation

Cover: On being a man

'I'm beginning to understand the crisis of masculinity as a crisis of absences.' Sandy Campbell, Pete Seaman, David Torrance and Jon Carnochan engage with the difficulties and contradictions of modern masculinity in their book 'On being a man'. After decades of focus on femininity and the role of women in society, have men begun to lose their way? Man or woman, come along to contribute to the conversation.

24 March
18.00
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

The whereabouts of Alastair Reid

Alastair Reid

Alan Taylor, Editor of the 'Scottish Review of Books', remembers Alastair Reid, a lifelong itinerant. Born in Whithorn, Galloway, Reid travelled widely, first in Spain, then in Latin and South America and the USA. A poet, essayist and translator, he had a long association with the 'New Yorker' magazine, writing about his experiences and his friendships with other writers, including Jorge Luis Borges, and Robert Graves.

26 March
18.00
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

Knit your own Broons

Cover: Knit your own Broons

From the authors of 'Knit your own Britain' and 'Knit your own Scotland' comes the detailed and humorous guide to knitting your characters from 'The Broons'. Costume-maker Jackie Holt and prop-designer Ruth Bailey will be talking about their newest knitted designs and showing you the real-life knitted creations. This will be followed by a book signing and a hands-on workshop where you can begin to create your own character.

30 March
17.45 (2 hours)
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


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