Playbills take centre stage
From its opening in 1769 to closure in 1859, the first Theatre Royal in Edinburgh played an important role in the revival of Scottish culture. Scotland's leading theatre of the time, it presented musical events as well as plays, and is associated with popular stage adaptations of some of Sir Walter Scott's novels.
The National Library of Scotland now has digitised more than 240 playbills - used to advertise performances - which are available to view in a new feature on our website. The selection starts from 1807, and has been chosen from the Library's collections to produce a picture of the activities of the theatre in the early part of the 19th century.
Search and browse facilities can be used to reveal such facts as the names of performers in a particular play or which musical events were being held on the same night. See Playbills of the Theatre Royal Edinburgh in our Digital Library section.
12 June 2003
Remote access to ScienceDirect service
Until the end of this year, 100 of the National Library of Scotland's registered readers will be able to enjoy free remote access to one of the world's largest database of scientific, technical and medical journals and articles. For 2003 only, the Library's subscription to ScienceDirect gives us access to the full range of titles provided by publishers Elsevier, which, until this month, were searchable only from within the Library. We can now provide passwords allowing users personal access from any computer with an internet connection. Which of the ScienceDirect titles we will subscribe to in the future will be determined by the level of use of each title this year. If you are interested in having a remote access password, please E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 June 2003
French residency for developing writers
Writers who are keen to develop their career and who think they would benefit from two months' residence at an international arts centre in France are invited to apply for next year's Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award. Successful applicants for the award win the chance to live and work in the Hotel Chevillon at Grez-sur-Loing, where Robert Louis Stevenson made several visits in the 1870s. Initiated nine years ago, the award is run jointly by the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Arts Council. For more information, and an entry form, see our Awards page.
5 June 2003