For 100 years, British art institutions large and small have benefited from grants from the National Art Collections Fund, allowing the larger museums and galleries to buy important works of art and enabling smaller ones to develop their collections. Since 1918, the National Library of Scotland also has been a beneficiary, acquiring outstanding drawings and photographs, and also books and manuscripts that are considered works of art, with Art Fund support.
To celebrate the fund's centenary, an event called 'Luxury and Learning' will be held in the Library on Wednesday 11 June at 7pm, with Iain G Brown and John Scally (both National Library) and John Higgitt (Edinburgh University) giving illustrated presentations and describing some of the treasures the fund has helped purchase.
Some of the acquisitions which have been Art Fund assisted have been digitised and can be viewed in our Digital Library:
Library visitors will be able to see some of the acquisitions — including the Mary Queen of Scots letter — in the Barrel Vaults display cases in George IV Bridge throughout June.
29 May 2003