'Home' theme for young film-makers competition
Young people aged under 19 and living in Scotland are invited to create films documenting their experiences of 'home'.
A competition launched today [27 April] gives young film-makers a chance to capture their voices and perspectives during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Entrants can use a camera, phone or tablet to produce a film that's no more than five minutes long, and their work can be in any language or genre. As long as they broadly fit with the 'home' theme, the film can be about anything.
As well as earning its creator a prize, the winning film will be added to the National Library's moving image collection.
Read more in the film competition media release.
27 April 2020
Scotland 1908-1918 OS maps go online
Ordnance Survey maps covering Scotland from 1908 to 1918 are now available on the National Library of Scotland's maps website.
Initially devised for military reasons, these half-inch to the mile maps became increasingly popular with the public, especially cyclists and motorists.
The series was produced in two forms — one showing the relief by layer colours and the other by hill shading (hachures). For some maps there were later revisions of roads and railways, which resulted in updated versions being created.
All of the sheets in the OS half-inch 1908-1918 series held by the Library have been digitised.
- OS half-inch 1908-1918 hill-shaded maps
- OS half-inch 1908-1918 layer-coloured maps
- View the maps with a graphic index of Scotland.
27 March 2020
Display highlights Allan Ramsay's Scots Enlightenment role
A display celebrating Scottish writer Allan Ramsay (1684-1758) opens today at the National Library of Scotland.
Allan Ramsay: Writing the Scots Enlightenment illustrates Ramsay’s contributions to the Scottish Enlightenment.
Ramsay played a vital role in keeping the Scots language alive at a time when 'Scotticisms' were viewed by some as an embarrassment. A literary and cultural innovator, he established the first circulating library in Britain and argued the case for a theatre in Edinburgh. He also helped support his son, the artist Allan Ramsay (1713-1784).
A selection of written and printed works from the Library collections showcase Ramsay's talent for poetry and drama. Letters and personal items reflect his passions and influences.
The display includes:
- A colour plan of Ramsay's house on Edinburgh's Castlehill
- 'Fair copy' manuscript of 'The Gentle Shepherd' — Ramsay's best-known work
- Letters written by Ramsay to aid his son's travels to Italy to develop his artistic talent.
'Allan Ramsay: Writing the Scots Enlightenment' is open from Tuesday 18 February to Saturday 16 May.
18 February 2020
Call for artistic responses to the Gaelic 1980s
Creative approaches to Gaelic language and culture during the 1980s are being sought by the National Library of Scotland.
Five funded opportunities are available to bring 'the Gaelic 1980s' to life using specified material from the Library's collections.
In return for a grant of up to £1,250 provided by Creative Scotland, each successful applicant will produce a piece of work or a recording documenting their creative response. The five completed works will be:
- A song
- A piece of visual art, or art installation
- A craftwork referencing sheep ear tagging shapes
- Creative writing based on a film about Iona
- A school playground game.
Monday 24 February is the deadline for applications.
Gairm airson freagairtean ealaineach a thaobh Gàidhlig sna
Tha Leabharlann Nàiseanta na h-Alba a' sìreadh seallaidhean cruthachail mun Ghàidhlig agus a cultar anns na 1980an.
Tha còig cothroman ann gus '1980an' na Gàidhlig a thoirt beò a' cleachadh stuthan sònraichte bho chruinneachaidhean an Leabharlainn.
Bheir Alba Chruthachail tabhartas seachad de suas ri £1,250 agus airson seo, bidh aig gach tagraiche soirbheachail ri pìos obrach no clàradh a dhèanamh leis an fhreagairt chruthachail aca.
Is iad na còig pìosan ealain a thèid a dhèanamh:
- Pìos de dh'òbair dhealain, no stàladh ealain
- Pìos de dh'obair ceàird ceantailte ri na cumaidhean aig comharraidhean-cluaise nan caorach
- Sgrìobhadh cruthachail stèidhichte air film mu Eilean Ì
- Geama raon-cluich sgoile.
Is e Diluain 24 Gearran.
24 January 2020
A 'Dandy' addition to the national collections
A crucial gap in the National Library of Scotland's collections has been filled by the first-ever copy of 'The Dandy'.
Published on 4 December 1937, the first edition of 'The Dandy Comic' was an instant success, selling over 480,000 copies.
Characters included Desperate Dan, Korky the Cat, and Keyhole Kate. One innovation it introduced was the concept of dialogue contained in speech bubbles, rather than as text below the illustrations.
Only around 20 copies of the first edition are known to be in existence.
Significant gaps of 'The Dandy' remain in the national collections, particularly from 1937 up to the 1970s.
The Library is appealing to anyone who may have pre-1970 editions of comic — or of its sister publication, 'Beano — to consider adding them to the collections.
Read more in the 'Dandy' news release.
20 January 2020