John Murray archive now at NLS
Darwin to John Murray
At an event in the National Library of Scotland today (28 March) the John Murray Archive was welcomed to Scotland.
Patricia Ferguson, Scottish Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, joined National Librarian Martyn Wade to open the last of the packages of manuscripts and papers that have been delivered from London during the past week. Also present was Patrick Caddell, a member of the Scottish Committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Both the HLF and the Scottish Executive have awarded grants towards the NLS bid to buy the John Murray Archive and keep it in the UK. The Library now has a campaign under way to reach the final funding target of £6.5 million.
On display today were key iconic items from the collection, including:
- a Jane Austen cheque
- a letter from Charles Darwin
- a letter from Mary Shelley to Lord Byron
27 March 2006
SCOTBIS takes a stand
Visitors to an exhibition in Glasgow next week have the chance to discover the wealth of business resources available to them through the National Library of Scotland.
SCOTBIS is the Scottish Business Information Service run by NLS, and has taken one of the stands at the newstartscotland exhibition at the SECC. Now in its second year, the event aims to help new or existing companies develop their business. Well over 7,000 visitors attended in 2005.
NLS staff will be on hand this year to discuss the rich and varied business-related material in NLS collections, and will demonstrate the SCOTBIS website. SCOTBIS offers a full range of research options, many of them available online. Also part of newstartscotland, which runs from 24-25 March, is a SCOTBIS seminar on sources of business information.
17 March 2006
Exhibition puts 'New Scots' in the picture
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Photographs recording the diversity of Scottish Asian communities are on show at the National of Scotland's new exhibition.
Chef, Edinburgh restaurant-owner and photographer Herman Rodrigues has been capturing Asian cultures and history in images since he arrived in Scotland from India 16 years ago.
'The new Scots' exhibition uses 50 of Herman's photographs to explore prominent themes of modern Asian life. It's the first time this exhibition has been seen in Scotland, although it has just completed a tour of nine cities in India.
Urdu and Punjabi translations of poems by Robert Burns are among Scottish Asian books, posters, pamphlets and letters from NLS collections which are also displayed.
'The new Scots' is free and runs until 22 May.
10 March 2006