Jeffrey M Smith to discuss GM foods
'The Health Dangers of GM Foods - and their Cover-up' is the theme of a talk at the National Library of Scotland, on Wednesday 5 May, by Jeffrey M Smith, a noted campaigner in the field of genetically modified foods for almost a decade. Founder and director of the Institute for Responsible Technology in the USA, Jeffrey Smith is also the author of Seeds of Deception - an exposé of 'corporate and government lies', which is described in the foreword by Michael Meacher MP as 'somewhere between a documentary and a thriller'. Starting at 19.00, the event will be hosted by Mark Ruskell MSP in the Exhibition Hall of our George IV Bridge Building. Enquiries about this event should go to the Scottish Green MSPs' office (Tel: 0131-348 6363).
29 April 2004
Library welcomes cultural review in Scotland
The National Library of Scotland is looking forward to taking part in the unprecedented review of cultural services in Scotland that has been announced by the Scottish Executive.
For 12 months from 1 June, an independent Cultural Commission will look at the place and provision of culture throughout the country, before making recommendations to the Executive on boosting access and excellence. The commission will be headed by James Boyle, who currently chairs the Scottish Arts Council.
Following Culture Minister Frank McAveety's announcement to the Scottish Parliament today (22 April), the National Librarian, Martyn Wade (pictured), described the review as 'an excellent opportunity to map out a vision for the provision of all cultural and related services for the people of Scotland for the foreseeable future. It will allow all organisations to have their say and paint a picture of how they envisage providing facilities over the coming decades,' he said.
One of Scotland's oldest institutions, the Library is already in the process of change, with access and excellence at the core of a new strategy for the way our services are used by the public.
- Read the Library's response to the review
- See the cultural policy statement and the commission's remit at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/
21 April 2004
Highlights from the Murray Archive on display
A sample of some of the unique items from the John Murray Archive has gone on display to the public at the National Library of Scotland, in an exhibition that runs until Monday 10 May.
'Four o'Clock Friends' provides a taster of the treasures in this unrivalled collection of writings, and shows how the archive can bring the 19th century to life. The highlight of the display is the manuscript of explorer David Livingstone's Narrative of an Expedition to the Zambesi and its Tributaries, drafted in 1864. Writings by Lord Byron, Sir Walter Scott, Charles Darwin and others are also show. Used as the exhibition's title is a phrase coined by Scott to refer to authors who would gather in the afternoon in the drawing room of publisher John Murray II, exchanging news and ideas.
As well as having a rare chance to preview some extraordinary literary material, visitors to the exhibition will be able to give their opinion on the prospect of the entire archive being permanently housed in Scotland, should the Library's bid to secure the collection succeed.
'Four o'Clock Friends' opening hours are: Monday-Saturday 10.00 to 17.00 and Sunday 14.00-17.00. Admission is free.
14 April 2004