Web features

Web features highlighting items with a focus on science and technology within the National Library of Scotland (NLS) collections. They contain interpretation and background information.


Scottish Science Hall of Fame

An introduction to 10 great Scottish scientists chosen by the public. Site includes:

  • Information about the scientists, their lives, and discoveries illustrated with documents from the NLS collections
  • Suggested reading and other sources of information.

Useful for studying the history of science, and the impact of technological change in the past.

Curriculum Areas: Curriculum for Excellence: Sciences


On the Origin of Species

A 'History of the Book' learning feature telling the story of the publication of 'On the Origin of Species' by Charles Darwin. It was in this book that he presented the theory of evolution by natural selection.

Useful for teachers introducing the topic of 'Darwin and Evolution'.

Curriculum Areas: Curriculum for Excellence: Sciences


Science and technology main page

Library video guides

Man using laptop seated at table

Watch our video guides to find out how to access National Library of Scotland resources from home, school or in person.

Medical history of British India

Francine Millard

Learn about the medical history of British India. Project manager Francine Millard introduces this fascinating project at the Library. Watch video.

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