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'Waverley' — the making of a global blockbuster

Bound volume of the 'Waverley' manuscirpt

Two hundred years ago, an anonymously published novel sold out within two days and went on to become a global bestseller.

Full of drama and adventure, 'Waverley' told the story of the 1745 Jacobite Rising in a style that was completely new and that captured readers' imagination. It is widely regarded as the first modern historical novel. Within months, this ground-breaking book was being printed in its fourth edition.

Portrait of Walter Scott and a dog

Sir Walter Scott eventually confirmed that he was the author, after years of enjoying the intrigue that had surrounding the book's authorship.

Scott's original manuscript for the novel is at the heart of a display at the National Library of Scotland. The display uses books and manuscripts to explore what lay behind this literary landmark, how it was published and what people thought of it.

'Sir Walter Scott's Waverley: Voices from the archive' is free and open daily until 16 November.

Read more in our Waverley display media release.


10 September 2014


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

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