Original Culloden Battle plan to go on show in Inverness

An original battle plan of Culloden from 1748 will go on display in Inverness next week thanks to a National Library of Scotland roadshow.

Scotland's largest library is taking the historic map to Inverness Library, where it will be put on public display for three days alongside an array of fascinating books, manuscripts, maps and music.

Curators at the National Library of Scotland have carefully selected items with particular relevance to Inverness, providing a not-to-be-missed glimpse into the city's past - and while many of the display items will be copied versions of rare manuscripts, there will be the opportunity to view a select few original items.

Martyn Wade, National Librarian and CEO of the National Library of Scotland, said: 'We always strive to be as accessible as possible and, by taking a selection of our books and manuscripts on tour, we hope to generate a fresh wave of excitement and remind people about the fantastic resource that is the National Library of Scotland.

'I have no doubt that the chance to see the Culloden battle plan will prove immensely popular and I expect the opportunity to see other original items, not to mention a wide range of Inverness-related items, will be a huge draw for the public.'

Joining the Culloden battle plan in the display will be a late 18th-century engraving (thought to be from 1797) showing a scene from the Battle of Culloden and coloured in watercolour, an 18th-century broadside documenting a strange encounter between a stranded merchant and a mermaid near Inverness, and a 19th-century broadside (1835) from the early years of steamships providing information on the order of sailing and cabin fares for three steamers, 'The Staffa', 'Maid of Morven' and 'The Highlander'.

The roadshow will also feature a variety of insightful workshops covering a range of topics including family history, a talk on maps of the Highlands, National Library of Scotland services and collections, and how to access NLS resources remotely - there is an extensive range of digitised material available online at the click of a button. There will also be an evening film show featuring historic footage from the Scottish Screen Archive.

In addition there will be plenty of children's activities to educate and entertain. In a series of tailored workshops P5-7 pupils from the area will get the chance to learn about everything from archive film to 'how to be a history detective'. There is even something on offer for teachers, with continued personal development (CPD) sessions lined up.

The roadshow takes place from September 13-15 at Inverness Library, Farraline Park, Inverness. If you would like to find out more about the roadshow, visit www.nls.uk/roadshow where you can also view a zoomable image of the Culloden battle plan.


National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge

Tel: 0131 623 3700

10 September 2010

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