Filmed talks at the Library
Encyclopaedia Britannica 250th anniversary
Edinburgh Bibliographical Society and National Library of Scotland lecture
Professor Stephen Brown discusses the origins of 'Encyclopaedia Britannica' under the editorship of William Smellie.
This lecture was given at the National Library on 13 December 2018. It was 250 years earlier, on 10 December, that the first edition of 'Britannica' was published in Edinburgh.
Everything you can do with online maps
Maps Curator Chris Fleet's talk, given on Tuesday 23 October 2018, illustrates the potential and the future direction of the National Library of Scotland's maps website.
At the Library we have over 200,000 online maps (as of October 2018), and a very wide range of ways of using them. Chris also talks about about the main map collections and how to find them, and about the value of georeferencing. He presenta a look 'behind-the-scenes' at map digitisation, and the programs we use to put maps online.
If I survive
This talk, given on 4 October 2018, marked the opening of the National Library of Scotland's display about Frederick Douglass and his family.
Douglass was an author and activist who worked for the end of slavery on British and American shores, alongside his daughters and sons: Rosetta, Lewis, Charles, Frederick Jr and Annie.
The display, 'Strike For Freedom: Slavery, Civil War and the Frederick Douglass Family in the Walter O Evans Collection', features material collected by Walter and Linda Evans which is on display for the first time.
Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier is Chair of Black Studies at the University of Edinburgh. In her talk she traces the celebrated life of Frederick Douglass alongside the hidden lives of his children.
Political women in the early United States
International Women's Day lecture
Could women be political before they got the vote? 'Yes', says Catherine Allgor, Director of Education at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California. Allgor examines the political influence of white ruling class women on the early United States and its democratic future. Talk given on 8 March 2017.
Thanksgiving Day: Henrietta Liston and the prehistory of the 'Special Relationship'
Professor Frank Cogliano's talk explores the early history of British-American relations, with particular reference to the astute observations of Henrietta Liston. Henrietta was married to Robert Liston, the British Minister to the United States between 1796 and 1800.
You are Here … at last: The story of the map exhibition
In her talk, our Maps, Mountaineering and Polar Collections Curator Paula Williams reveals the challenges of putting together our maps exhibition, 'You are Here'. Talk given on 28 September 2016.
Sparkiving: Loitering with intent to catalogue
Our Muriel Spark Project Curator, Dr Colin McIlroy, takes us on a journey through newly discovered highlights of author Muriel Spark's archive. Talk given on 23 June 2016.
Playing Shakespeare: 400 years of great acting
Great actors have brought Shakespeare's characters to life over the past 400 years. Andrew Martin (at that time the Library's Literature and Arts Curator) puts some of them centre stage in this illustrated talk. (Around 50 minutes. Q&A session not included in the recording.) Talk given on 19 May 2016.
Read about the 'Playing Shakespeare' display held at the Library from 17 March to 12 June 2016.
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