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Wikipedia work earns award for NLS

Jimmy Wales presents Wikimedia award
Jimmy Wales presented the
award to Gill Hamilton.

Scotland's first knowledge-sharing residency with the Wikimedia Foundation has resulted in an award for the National Library of Scotland.

NLS received the award for work resulting from the Library's appointment of a Wikimedian-in-Residence in 2013.

Under the guidance of Wikimedian Ally Crockford, NLS is opening up its collections for all to use freely via Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia that is the fifth most-visited website in the world. Ally has also expanded the Wikimedia community in Scotland, and has raised awareness generally of the concept of open and free access to knowledge.

At Wikimedia's annual conference in the Barbican Centre in London, NLS Digital Access Manager Gill Hamilton collected the Library's 'GLAM of the Year' award from Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales.

GLAM — 'Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums' — is a Wikipedia initiative that allows the encyclopaedia's community of editors to help cultural organisations maximise the public impact of their collections.

Read more in our Wikipedia award media release.

15 August 2014


Display presents voices from the Commonwealth

All regions of the Commonwealth are represented in a display at the National Library of Scotland.

Sketches, books, photos, manuscripts and maps are among the items brought together to celebrate the Commonwealth's literary, artistic and political life.

The display looks at material produced by the indigenous peoples of the 53 independent sovereign states. It also reflects the colonial past and links with Great Britain.

'Voices from the Commonwealth: Diversity, identity and culture' is open daily until 8 September.

Read more in our Commonwealth display media release.

17 July 2014


Exhibition marks war centenary

Kilted soldier in trench reading a letter
Soldier reading a letter from home.

Individual stories from the 1914-1918 war are at the heart of a major new National Library of Scotland exhibition.

'Behind the lines: Personal stories of the First World War' looks at the war through the eyes of people on active service and those who worked or waited at home. 

Treasured letters, diaries, journals and photographs record what these Scots experienced during a conflict that changed Europe.

Marking the centenary of the start of the war, in August 1914, the exhibition also includes recruitment posters, contemporary films, maps, official reports, and propaganda material.

One of the most important historical documents from this period is the diary of Field Marshal Haig, Commander in Chief of the British Army on the Western Front for most of the war. Excerpts appear through the exhibition, along with other items from the Haig papers in the Library's collections.

Read more in our exhibition press release

27 June 2014


First World War digital resources

Screenshot of war website home page
'Experiences' website.

Ypres trench map detail
Trench map detail.

To coincide with the opening of our exhibition, we have redeveloped our First World War website and have published over 300 digitised trench maps.

Launched today is 'Experiences of the Great War', which relates the experiences of four individuals:

  • General Haig, who kept a daily diary which has become one of the most important documents of the war
  • Mairi Chisholm, a young woman who nursed wounded soldiers on the Belgian front line
  • George Ramage, who endured the horrors of trench warfare in Flanders
  • Thomas Hannan, a Glasgow man jailed as a conscientious objector.

'British First World War Trench Maps, 1915-1918' provides access to maps of great value to anyone studying the conflict's major battlefields.

As well as clickable maps, they are available as georeferenced overlays, making it possible to compare the maps to each other and to modern satellite and map images.

More material relating to the Great War will be added to our digitised resources in the coming months.


See also: Exhibition news story

27 June 2014

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