of Glasgow City Archives.
Old school examinations can be a creative springboard — as a new National Library of Scotland website demonstrates.
Entitled 'Scottish school exams', the site presents the Library's digitised 1888-1963 Scottish exams in a new way. An interactive (IIIF) viewer allows people to move easily through the bound volumes of exams, and to adjust the zoom and page-viewing options as needed.
But it is in the site's 'Re-sits' section where you can see what imagination and talent can do with exam questions.
Dancers, artists, musicians and writers dared to take up the Library's challenge in January to re-interpret historical exam questions creatively.
A punk song and ballet are just two of the remarkable creative responses by eight individuals or groups featured on the website. They show that school exams can be accessible in a whole new way.
As well as browsing and searching across all the exam papers and in Education Department circulars, site visitors can access exams by subject. A 'historical context' section provides background information on the development of education in Scotland, and resources are available for exploring Scottish education further.
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