Celebrating Scottish films on UNESCO Audiovisual Day
Two special screenings take place in Edinburgh and Glasgow on 27 October to mark the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.
The day aims to raise awareness of the importance for national identities of moving images and recorded sounds. It also focuses on the need to protect audiovisual material.
Showing from the Scottish Screen Archive [now Moving Image Archive] at the National Library of Scotland on 27 October are:
- 'The Wedding of the 4th Marquess of Bute' (1905): The Scottish Screen Archive's digital restoration of what is possibly the earliest personal wedding film in the British Isles. Will run on a continuous loop with other short films throughout the day in the National Library of Scotland café.
- Curators' choice film programme: Glasgow Film Theatre will show a mix of 'visual delights' chosen by the archive's staff. Will include the premiere of two recently discovered early films.
Complete films online
The UNESCO Day also marks the launch of a programme to digitise complete films from the national moving images collection at the National Library. As the first stage of the programme, 100 full films will be available on the Scottish Screen Archive website over the next few weeks, as well as 1,000 film clips.
Schools film resource
NLS recently provided Scottish schools with 200 clips — a total of 15 hours of archive film — on a new educational website. Scotland on Screen was developed jointly with Learning and Teaching Scotland and Scottish Screen. The site lets students and teachers view, download and re-use the clips, which date from 1895 to the 1980s.
22 October 2009
View post-war Scotland from the air
Air photographs of Scotland taken during and after the Second World War have joined our extensive online maps collection.
The 'Ordnance Survey Air Photo Mosaics of Scotland, 1944-1950' provide detailed information on the Scottish post-war landscape.
You can search for photos by place-names or by using a zoomable map of Scotland. A Google maps overlay lets you compare them with present-day air photography and mapping.
Taken by the Royal Air Force, mostly from Spitfire and Mosquito fighter planes, these mosaics were intended for reconstruction and planning after the war. The photographs represent Ordnance Survey's first widespread use of aerial survey methods in Scotland.
22 October 2009
Research project to develop urban web-mapping tools
A new research project aims to create tools for combining historical maps with social and economic information using web-mapping technologies.
'Visualising Urban Geographies' will focus on Edinburgh over the past two centuries. The tools will promote easy overlaying and dynamic mapping of historical data for any urban location.
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, this is a collaborative venture between the National Library of Scotland (NLS) and Edinburgh University.
The 15-month project started this month. Richard Rodger, Professor of Economic and Social History, Chris Fleet, NLS Temporary Map Collections Manager, and web developer Stuart Nicol will carry out the work.
22 October 2009