National Library of Scotland at Kelvin Hall events are free and take place at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, unless we state otherwise.
List updated: 15 October.
Getting started with the Moving Image Archive
The National Library of Scotland's Moving Image Archive has been collecting and preserving films since 1976. All of Scots life can be seen: adverts, documentaries, home movies, promotional films, amateur comedies, educational programmes and more. This workshop is designed to introduce you to the archive and guide you through getting the most from searching our catalogue. Workshop lasts around one hour.
Thursday 15 November
Wednesday 12 December
Free. Book 'Getting started with the Moving Image Archive' on Eventbrite or phone 0845 366 4629.
Discovering family history at Kelvin Hall
Have you discovered the outline of your family history? Do you want to find out more about your ancestors' lives? Come to our workshop at Kelvin Hall to find out how to use the Library's huge range of resources. If you plan to register for a library card when you visit, please bring evidence of identity with you. This session takes around 90 minutes.
Wednesday 24 October
Free. Book 'Discovering family history at Kelvin Hall' on Eventbrite or phone 0845 366 4629.
Maps and local history maps at Kelvin Hall
We have around two million maps in our collection. From early maps to the latest digital mapping, discover the treasures of our map collection. This talk is a general introduction to the online map collection, and highlights the 150,000+ maps on our website. We show you how you can print and buy maps, and how to use georeferenced overlays, side-by-side views, and 3D and spy tools. This introductory talk will last around an hour. It will be followed by a 30 minute supported session to help you get the most out of the maps website.
Friday 9 November
Free. Book 'Maps for family and local history at Kelvin Hall' on Eventbrite or phone 0845 366 4629.
Motherhood, loss and legacy
Join artist and storyteller Jan Bee Brown for an afternoon exploring experiences of women during the time of the First World War, through stories, songs, and textiles. Discover some of the personal stories from the National Library of Scotland's archives, and hear more about the 'Motherhood and Loss' project, taking place across the UK this year. From Falkirk to Gretna, from Leith to Liverpool, Jan has helped communities tell the stories of their local heroes and heroines and how they helped Scotland play its part in the First World War. Bring your own stories, photographs, and family memories to share.
Tuesday 13 November
Free. No need to book, just drop in.
CINE[STHESIA]: Scots and America
To mark Thanksgiving, we are screening a selection of films showcasing all things 'USA'. Featuring the work of award winning Scottish film maker Iain Rintoul, these films will take us from Pearl Harbour to 1970s New York. Find out what happens when America tries to buy the Loch Ness Monster.
Saturday 24 November
Free. Book 'CINE[STHESIA] Scots and America' on Eventbrite or phone 0845 366 4629.
Film Awards Night
'What Scotland Means to Me'
An evening celebrating one minute films created by young people during 2018. This event will be hosted by the Scottish Youth Film Festival and the Moving Image Archive. The diverse range of films will show what Scotland means to children and young people during the Year of Young People 2018.
Wednesday 28 November
Free. Book 'Film Awards Night' on Eventbrite or phone 0845 366 4629.
Film for family and local history
Find out how archive film can enhance your family or local history research. Learn about the range of material preserved by the Moving Image Archive from all over Scotland, and discover how it can help you uncover your past. Workshop lasts approximately one hour.
Friday 30 November
Free. Book 'Film for family and local history' on Eventbrite or phone 0845 366 4629.
Glasgow postgraduate induction
This 90 minute session will include an introduction to the Library, presentations from collections and research staff and the opportunity for questions. Read more about academic research at the Library.
Wednesday 5 December
Free. Book 'Glasgow postgraduate induction' on Eventbrite (no phone bookings).
Christmas Film Screening
Our annual Christmas film screening takes place in the Kelvin Hall auditorium. Come along and enjoy films from the vaults of the Moving Image Archive, including some footage never seen before!
Wednesday 19 December
Free. Book 'Christmas Film Screening' on Eventbrite or phone 0845 366 4629.