Board appointments announced
Today the Scottish Government announced seven appointments to the Board of the National Library of Scotland.
Collectively the new Board members have a background that includes industry, local and central government, private and public sector management, television, and the culture and heritage sectors.
The new members are:
- Noreen Adams
- Dianne Haley
- Simon Learoyd
- Sir Neil McIntosh
- Fiona Robertson
- Adrienne Scullion
- Melissa Terras.
The Chair of the Board, James Boyle, said: 'I am very pleased to welcome these talented new Board members who will help lead the future development of one of the country's great cultural institutions.'
Read more in our Board appointments press release.
21 February 2014
See Rowling's notes on special Harry Potter edition
Photo by courtesy of Sotheby's.
A rare edition of the first novel about Harry Potter has more than 40 pages of notes and drawings by author J K Rowling.
On the title page of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone', the creator of the world-famous boy wizard has written: 'Changed my life forever'.
For one week only, from Thursday 30 January a copy of this special book will be on show at the National Library of Scotland as part of the Library's 'Wha's like us?' exhibition.
We will be displaying it open at the title page, where Rowling also drew a coat of arms for Hogwarts.
Quidditch — invented in Edinburgh
In her personal annotations, Rowling makes reference to the film adaptations as well as her series of stories. Another note explains how she invented Quidditch, the game played by witches and wizards.
The book is generously being loaned to NLS by its anonymous owner, who raised £150,000 for charity when he bought it at auction last year.
Rowling famously wrote her wizard stories in cafes in Edinburgh, and Harry Potter already features in the Library's major exhibition on ideas and inventions that originated in Scotland. 'Wha's like us' is free and is open daily.
Read more in the Harry Potter book press release.
28 January 2014
American gift restored Burns manuscripts to Scotland
The story of Robert Burns's Glenriddell Manuscripts is a tale in two parts spanning two continents.
Written in the 1790s when the poet lived in Dumfriesshire, the two volumes contain the largest single collection of Burns's handwritten poetry and letters in the world.
In 1913, there was public outcry when this treasure was sold to an American buyer and made its way across the Atlantic.
Fortunately for Scotland, the volumes were then bought by Burns enthusiast John Gribbel, who in 1914 gifted them to the Scottish nation. Gribbel also took legal steps to prevent the manuscripts from ever being sold again.
A display at the National Library of Scotland celebrates the centenary of this generous gift.
Read more in our treasures display press release.
23 January 2014
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