Women in Scotland joined fight against black slavery
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Radical women in Scotland and America mobilised in the 1840s to campaign for an end to black slavery in America.
This 'transatlantic sisterhood' is the subject of a free one-day seminar at the National Library of Scotland in October. 'Women on the platform' tells of the part that Scotswomen played in the radical network, including how they:
- Campaigned against the Free Church of Scotland taking money from slave-owning presbyteries.
- Invited prominent American abolitionists to Scotland, such as fugitive slave Frederick Douglass and the author of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', Harriet Beecher Stowe.
- Exposed the clandestine activities of Confederate agents in Scotland and supported President Lincoln's cause during the American Civil War.
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After slavery was abolished the network switched to other social injustices affecting women, including the right to vote.
The seminar on 31 October lasts from 9.30am-3.30pm and includes lunch. To book a free place, or for more details, phone 0131 623 4675 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
25 September 2008
Standard of Excellence award for Screen Archive site
The National Library of Scotland has won a Standard of Excellence WebAward in the Web Marketing Association's 2008 competition.
Our Scottish Screen Archive site came third in the General Interest category. The judges awarded the site the Design Standard of Excellence, based on overall excellence and quality. Criteria included design, content, writing, ease of use, and technology.
We launched the redesigned archive site earlier this year and made 1,000 film clips available online. Since then it has been enjoyed by thousands of visitors.
This WMA WebAward is the third for NLS. In 2006 our main website was judged Best Government Website and in 2007 we received a Standard of Excellence award in the same category. This year's competition attracted a total of 2,400 entries from 45 countries.
22 September 2008
National Library on show in Ayr
Ayr's Carnegie Library is the venue for the next National Library of Scotland roadshow.
From 10 to 12 September we will have an enquiry desk and display area within the Main Street building. Visitors can find out about our collections and services and what we can offer people in Ayrshire.
We will have items from our collections on show, as well as our travelling exhibition about Scotland and the Second World War.
See our roadshow press release for further details.
3 September 2008
Join the Scots language debate
Scots as a language is one of the areas for discussion at a major panel event this month. There is bound to be lively debate at the National Library on 23 September as the evening gets going.
The panel is made up of academics and poets. Our special guest is Linda Fabiani, Scotland's Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture.
3 September 2008