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A Better World? Scotland after the First World War
16 November 2018 to 27 April 2019
published in Punch, 1921.
Marking the centenary of the Armistice, 'A Better World?' explores the impact of the First World War on life and society in post-war Scotland.
Once peace was declared, the Ministry of Reconstruction was established, and tasked with rebuilding the nation to create a 'better world after the war'.
Scotland faced enormous challenges post-war, and in harsh economic conditions, there were struggles between competing ideals and priorities for the country.
With more people now able to vote, there was an opportunity to harness the energy and hope felt at the end of the war. Many used collective action to strive for change, whether for better housing, workers' rights, equality or a new Scottish identity.
- Strike for Freedom: Slavery, Civil War and the Frederick Douglass family — 4 October to 16 February 2019
by John Buttre, 1853.
View a small sample of the many treasures in the National Library of Scotland's collections. From hand-written documents to printed books, maps, musical scores, bindings and other art work.
All our treasures are important pieces of Scotland's cultural heritage. Some are unique. Some are beautiful. Some are huge. Some are tiny. Some are rarely seen in public because their age makes them fragile.
Throughout the year we change the theme of the treasures display, to bring to light more of the millions of items we hold.
Occasionally we exhibit material on loan from other organisations to complement treasured items from our own collections.
Read more about our treasures displays.
Discover the breadth of the Library's collections through our series of free displays, touring Scotland throughout the year.
- 'Going to the pictures': Discover the story of cinema in Scotland
- 'Lifting the lid': Learn about the history of food and drink in Scotland
Read more about our touring displays.
Opening times for exhibitions
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 09.30-19.00
- Wednesday: 10.00-19.00
- Friday, Saturday: 09.30-17.00
- Sunday: Closed