'Spy School' family days among summer events
Two free 'Spy School' family days are among a new series of free summer events at the National Library of Scotland.
The July-September programme includes events which tie in with our Second World War exhibition, 'Scotland's Secret War'.
Spy School, on 23 July and 6 August, shows participants how to be a Special Operations Agent, with training in sending secret messages and breaking codes from British 'spy' Elma Parkington.
Also this month there's a 'Reminiscence Workshop' led by the Living Memory Association. Anyone who experienced air raids, curfews, evacuation, and rationing is invited to share their Second World War memories on 27 July.
Coming up in the next few weeks are talks on:
- 'The Shetland Bus' maritime route
- Bletchley Park and the Enigma Code
- children's literature during the Second World War period.
Full details of our summer programme are on the Events page.
20 July 2005
First signed copy of 'Half-Blood Prince' donated to NLS
and the Half-Blood
J K Rowling has signed and donated the first copy of 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' to the National Library of Scotland. It will be delivered to the Library on publication day, Saturday 16 July.
Publishers Bloomsbury made the announcement ahead of Saturday's publication launch at Edinburgh Castle. Martyn Wade, National Librarian, said today: 'The Harry Potter books continue to enthral readers of all ages across the world, and we are delighted to add this special copy to the Library, which is located close to where Harry Potter was written, and lies in the heart of the first UNESCO City of Literature.
'We look forward to welcoming the many children — and adults — who will want to come to the National Library of Scotland and see this unique book.'
Read our press release for more details.
10 July 2005
Exhibition uncovers Scotland's 'secret' war
© Living Memory Association
Stories of secret technologies, propaganda, escape and espionage in wartime can be discovered this summer in the National Library of Scotland's major new exhibition.
'Scotland's Secret War' tells 'hidden' tales from the Second World War — contributions made by ordinary Scots which helped change the course of the conflict.
From the Scottish Home Guard to the scientist who developed radar — Robert Watson-Watt — Scotland was heavily involved in activities that led to the Allies' victory in Europe in 1945.
The exhibition's main themes are examined using official documents and personal archives.
Some items from NLS collections are on public display for the first time in 60 years.
Together with exhibits we have on loan — including an Enigma machine — these sources offer unique insights into how secrecy affected the lives of Scotsmen and women at home and abroad.
Adding to the atmosphere are public information films, wartime footage and audio recordings.
We have even set up an 'ops room', where children can try out their code-breaking and map-reading skills — complete with an operations table.
'Scotland's Secret War' is free and runs daily from now until Sunday 16 October.
7 July 2005