Scots have long been among the world's most avid readers of news. In fact, people in Scotland read more than twice the column inches of their counterparts in England, and in total buy nearly 2.5 million Scottish-produced newspapers every week.

A broad sample of what has fed this appetite for news throughout the centuries is on show in National Library of Scotland's free summer exhibition. The exhibition was launched on 3 June by Iain Martin, editor of The Scotsman, while ex-footballer and current media 'pundit' Murdo MacLeod (pictured below) took part in the opening event, READ ALL ABOUT IT! tells the story of the news in Scotland, featuring material from the millions of newspapers in the Library's collections. Also charted is the development of news production, from what's believed to be the first newspaper published in Scotland, in 1641, through to the online 24-hour coverage of the 21st century.

The 2004 exhibition poster
Murdo MacLeod

Original printed sheets and newspapers are on display, together with external exhibits such as an 18th-century wooden printing press and the Olympic gold medal won by Scottish athlete Eric Liddell in 1924.

Visitors can log on to the latest online news, and discover the wealth of nearly 400 years' worth of popular street literature in the Library's new broadsides web feature, The Word on the Street. To complement the exhibition, competitions, workshops and talks are among the events taking place throughout the summer.

READ ALL ABOUT IT! - Saturday 5 June to Sunday 31 October 2004

3 June 2004

Speak me