Lighthouse to show films of the River Clyde
Rarely seen footage of the River Clyde will be shown at Glasgow's architecture and design centre this summer.
Films from the Scottish Screen Archive will be a key attraction at the Lighthouse's exhibition, 'The Clyde: Films of the River 1912-1971'. Running from June to September, the exhibition looks at people at work and play on the west of Scotland's main waterway.
Footage will include the first Scottish film to win an Oscar - 'Seawards the Great Ships', from 1960. The oldest film dates from 1912 and shows crowds sailing 'doon the watter' to seaside towns on the river's banks.
From Cocozza to film festival
Two other June events will feature films from our moving image collections:
- 'Chick's Day', Enrico Cocozza: Glasgow group Butcher Boy will perform music they have composed to a 1951 film by one of their favourite film-makers - 14 June, Glasgow Film Theatre
- Documentaries at Edinburgh International Film Festival: 'A Kind of Seeing' is an event celebrating Scotland's rich heritage of documentaries - 18 June, Edinburgh Filmhouse.
6 May 2009
Funding for Bartholomew Archive research project
British Empire map, 1904.
Applications are being invited for two PhD research studentships focusing on the National Library of Scotland's Bartholomew Archive.
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the studentships will research the archive and 'networks of publishing and geographical knowledge'. Collaborating in the project are NLS, Edinburgh University and Queen Margaret University.
Both are full-time posts lasting three years. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 10 June.
6 May 2009
Online support for start-up companies
Business users of the National Library of Scotland now have free access to a new information database. And they don't have to be on our premises to consult it.
The 'Complete Reference Business Advisor' (COBRA) database is described as an 'essential tool for starting or running a business'. It provides a wealth of information for small businesses as well as those thinking of starting. Included are over 4,000 factsheets giving guidance on specific types of businesses, market research, guides to grants - and much more.
Also free to registered Library users is 'Frost & Sullivan', a global market research database we recently added to our collections. For other similar business resources, see our list of licensed digital collections.
6 May 2009
Shortlist announced for poetry pamphlet competition
Seven poetry pamphlets are on the shortlist for the 2009 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award.
The annual competition for poetry pamphlet publishing in Scotland attracted 38 entries. They have been described by one of the award judges as 'producing creative ways of dealing with the lighter and darker side of life.'
Included this year are a set of translations from German into Scots, a Chinese-inspired collection, and a pamphlet of Scots rhymes for children. All entries are added to the National Library of Scotland's modern poetry pamphlet collection, which contains around 300 items.
Read the shortlist and find out more about the award in our poetry pamphlet competition press release.
6 May 2009