Past exhibitions

An overview of some of the exhibitions held at the National Library of Scotland since 2003.


'Plague!': A cultural history of contagious diseases in Scotland

11 December 2015 to 29 May 2016


Hand holding a tray

'Lifting the lid: 400 years of food and drink in Scotland'

12 June to 8 November 2015


Image of crown-shaped splash in liquid

'Game of Crowns: The 1715 Jacobite rising'

10 December 2014 to 10 May 2015


Image of marching soldiers with guns

'Behind the lines: Personal stories of the First World War'

27 June to 11 November 2014


Photo of bronze apples and wooden box

'In another world: Creative responses to Europe's dying villages'

4 April to 6 July 2014


Boy in red cap and tartan scarf

'Wha's like us: A nation of dreams and ideas'

13 December 2013 to 18 May 2014


Painted slide of buffalo attack

'Picturing Africa: Illustrating Livingstone's travels'

14 June to 3 November 2013


1930s poster detail showing man in car with map

'Putting Scotland on the map: The world of John Bartholomew & Son'

7 December 2012 to 7 May 2013


Lillian Gish wearing tartan costume

'Going to the pictures: Scotland at the cinema'

15 June to 28 October 2012


Painting of Macbeth meeting 3 witches

'Beyond Macbeth: Shakespeare in Scottish collections'

9 December 2011 to 29 April 2012


'Banned-books' exhibition logo

'Banned books: Censorship of the printed word'

24 June to 30 October 2011


Watercolour illustration of golfer

'A swing through time: Golf in Scotland'

18 June 2010 to 20 March 2011


'Curtain-up' exhibition logo

'Curtain up: 40 years of Scottish theatre'

19 December 2009 to 3 May 2010


'Orginal export' logo detail

'The Original Export: Stories of Scottish emigration'

26 June to 11 October 2009


Notes from 'Auld-lang-syne'

'Scots music abroad'

6 March to 9 May 2009


'Zig-zag' exhibition title

Zig-Zag: The paths of Robert Burns

7 November 2008 to 1 February 2009


'500 years of the Scottish printed word'

'Imprentit: 500 years of the Scottish printed word'

Friday 27 June to Sunday 12 October 2008


Dan Dare

'Local heroes: The art of the graphic novel'

Friday 4 April to Sunday 1 June 2008


Words written on slates

'Words out of place'

1 February to 1 March 2008


Ian Rankin

'Crime Scene Edinburgh: 20 Years of Rankin and Rebus'

24 October 2007 to 13 January 2008



'Tea And Tigers: Stories from Scotland and South Asia'

5 July to 5 September 2007


Dick Buna and 'Miffy'

'Happy Birthday Miffy!'

30 March until 3 June 2007


Manuscript detail

'Fonn 's Duthchas: Land and legacy'

January to December 2007


The Menai Bridge

'Telford: Father of Modern Engineering'

October to November 2007


Hawk owl

'Birds of a feather: Audubon's adventures in Edinburgh'

4 July to 15 October 2006


Scottish Asian male

'The New Scots'

10 March to 22 May 2006


Birds' custard advert

'Sale of the centuries: A celebration of shopping in Scotland'

December 2005 to February 2006


Photo of Isabella Bird

'In the footsteps of Isabella Bird: Adventures in twin time travel'

28 October-27 November 2005


Wartime photos of man and woman

'Scotland's Secret War'

8 July to 16 October 2005


Illustration of woman looking at landscape

'Wish you were here: Travellers tales from Scotland, 1540-1960'

8 July to 16 October 2003


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