Past treasures displays

Here is an overview of some of the small 'treasures' displays, we've held at the National Library of Scotland in recent years. See the Treasures page to find out what's on show at the moment.


Photo of Jessie Kesson

Jessie Kesson: 'The sma perfect'

22 September until 25 November 2016.
Manuscripts, books and letters from Jessie Kesson's archive.

Drawing of Kenwood Villa

Robert Adam: The beautiful spirit of antiquity

16 June until 18 September 2016.
The work and influences of the architect Robert Adam.

David Tennant playing Hamlet and wearing a crown

Playing Shakespeare

17 March until 12 June 2016.
Famous Shakespearean actors of the last four centuries.

Detail from the works of Geoffrey Chaucer

'The book beautiful'

26 November 2015 until 13 March 2016.
Some of the most beautiful books ever printed.

Detail from the cover of 'The thirty-nine steps'

'The thirty-nine steps' — one hundred years on

10 September until 22 November 2015.
Books and letters celebrate the novel's centenary.

Detail from a watercolour of Conan Doyle's Sherlock papers

Hugh Buchanan paints the John Murray Archive

25 June until 6 September 2015.
New watercolours celebrate original literary treasures.

Sketch of the Forth Bridge

The Forth Bridge: Building an icon

1 April to 21 June 2015.
Exploring the construction and opening of the Forth Bridge.

Bugler on horseback

Yankee cries and Rebel yells

21 January to 29 March 2015.
Commemorating the end of the American Civil War.

James Mann Wordie

The life and collection of James Mann Wordie

20 November 2014 to 18 January 2015.
James Wordie and Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

Manuscript of 'Waverley'

Sir Walter Scott's 'Waverley'

10 September to 16 November 2014.
The story behind Walter Scott's blockbuster first novel.

Lines from a page of Sri Lankan folk tales

Voices from the Commonwealth

9 July to 7 September 2014.
A sample of the diverse nature of the Commonwealth.

Robert Burns

Robert Burns's Glenriddell Manuscripts

23 January to 30 March 2014.
The greatest collection of Burns's handwritten work.

Rupert Bear pop-up figure

Pop up!: Movable and pop-up books

20 November 2013 to 19 January 2014.
Some of the most delightful items in the national collections.

A tiny book beside 1 pence coin

A tiny universe: Miniature books in Scotland

18 September to 17 November 2013.
Little marvels from specialist Scottish book publishers.

'Pride & Prejudice - chapter 1'

'200 years of "Pride and Prejudice": From Austen to zombies'

10 July to 15 September 2013.
A look at one of the greatest novels written in English.

Watercolour of Iona Abbey

Celebrating Iona

3 May to 7 July 2013.
Marking two major anniversaries for Scotland's sacred isle.

Photo of Victoria Drummond in naval uniform

Women of science

1 March to 30 April 2013.
The legacy of some remarkable Scottish women scientists.

'The Dandy' comic character Desperate Dan

The Dandy

21 November 2012 to 3 February 2013.
The art and history of a favourite British comic.

Red Riding Hood and the wolf

Illustrating the Grimms

19 September to 18 November 2012.
Celebrating 200 years of Grimm's fairy tales.

'America' from facsimile of Declaration of Independence

American independence

4 July to 16 September 2012.
Revolution and its role in the founding of the USA.

Alien on 'Nebula' magazine cover

'It's life Jimmy, but not as we know it'

28 March to 30 June 2012.
A look at 30 years of Scotland's science fiction.

Fry's cocoa advert showing men in Antarctica

'Scott's last expedition'

12 January to 25 March 2012.
Captain Scott's Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1913.

Bible page detail

'The Bible in English'

2 November 2011 to 8 January 2012.
Marking the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

Railway workers illustration detail

'Scottish working people's history'

2 September to 31 October 2011
Workers' efforts to improve labour and social conditions.

Darien map detail

'Scotland and Darien'

1 July to 31 August 2011.
The story of the ill-fated Scottish colony in the 1690s.

David Hume

David Hume

5 May to 28 June 2011
Celebrating the Scottish philospher's 300th birthday.

March Hare, Dormouse and Mad Hatter

'Alice in Wonderland'

18 March to 2 May 2011.
Lewis Carroll's delightful tales about Alice's adventures.

Bell Rock Lighthouse detail

'Building the Bell Rock Lighthouse'

12 January to 28 February 2011.
Robert Stevenson's great engineering achievement.


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