surface using solvent to determine the
material of the emulsion used.
'We will be the guardian of the published and recorded
memory of Scotland for current and future
Each year we strive to bring culturally and historically significant materials into the National Library of Scotland's collections.
The most substantial collection we acquired in 2016-2017 contained 300 historical maps.
Bought with philanthropic support, the earliest item dates to 1548. Other notable examples include a rare Scotia map created by famed geographer Pierre Du Val, and a small map included in a book by the 16th-century Milanese philosopher and diplomat Giovanni Botero.
Caring for our collections
The painstaking work of the Library's Conservation Unit is also a critical part of our mission to safeguard and restore our collections for the people of Scotland.
Photographic conservators recently restored a 100-hundred-year-old large silver gelatine photographic print of Edinburgh University's Faculty of Arts by humidifying and flattening the print.
This was a delicate process, so after finishing they viewed the print under a high-spec stereomicroscope to check and confirm that there had been no undesirable changes as a result of the work.
Taking such a careful approach with Scotland's most precious heritage items is essential if we are to safeguard them for the future.