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'Enduring Eye': The Antarctic legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley
16 June until 12 November 2017
One of the greatest ever photographic records of human survival, 'Enduring Eye' honours the achievements of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the 'Endurance' expedition of 1914-1917.
Shackleton's official expedition photographer, Frank Hurley, documented the expedition under the most extreme circumstances. His photographs provide a lasting record of the men of the 'Endurance' and their story.
Showcasing Hurley's images alongside items from the Library's polar collections, the exhibition tells the fascinating and enduring story of the expedition.
'Enduring Eye' has been created by the Royal Geographical Society, with additional items on show from National Library of Scotland collections.
The International Style of Muriel Spark
8 December 2017 to 13 May 2018
Photo used by kind permission of
London Evening Standard.
Dame Muriel Spark (1918-2006) was an Edinburgh-born poet, a writer of fiction and literary criticism, and a biographer.
Most famous for her novel 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie', Muriel was also a woman of style, both in her writing and in her life.
Our Muriel Spark exhibition will take a virtual journey to the locations Muriel called home — from Edinburgh to Africa, London, New York, Rome and Tuscany.
Archive material and personal artefacts will illuminate the inspirations behind Muriel's literary style, her love of fashion, and the significance of the places where she lived.
- The Reformation: What was it all about? — 19 October to 10 December
View a small sample of the many treasures in the National Library of Scotland's collections. From hand-written documents to printed books, maps, musical scores, bindings and other art work.
All our treasures are important pieces of Scotland's cultural heritage. Some are unique. Some are beautiful. Some are huge. Some are tiny. Some are rarely seen in public because their age makes them fragile.
Throughout the year we change the theme of the treasures display, bringing to light more of the millions of items we hold.
Read more about our treasures displays.
Discover the breadth of the Library's collections through our series of free displays, touring Scotland throughout the year.
- Touring now:
'Lifting the lid': Learn about the history of food and drink in Scotland
Read more about our touring displays.
Opening times for exhibitions
Monday to Friday: 10.00-20.00
See also festive season opening hours.