to the 'You Are Here' exhibition' pinned their
memories on to.
'We will design and deliver public engagement programmes that will educate, entertain and inspire the communities of Scotland.' [2015-2020 strategy]
Over the course of a year our busy and inspiring programme of public events brings over 8,000 visitors to the Library.
The February chill was no deterrent to over 1,000 people who queued in Edinburgh to see the last letter of Mary Queen of Scots — written just six hours before she was to 'be executed like a criminal' at Fotheringhay Castle.
Engagingly eclectic exhibitions
The 'You Are Here: A journey through maps' exhibition brought together items from across the breadth of the Library's collections, including:
- The first map of Scotland alone, published in 1560
- A 'smell map' of Auld Reekie (Edinburgh)
- A pop-up pull-out picture atlas from the early 2000s
- A Lego pirate figure, clutching a chart!
The exhibition was one example of the Library's ability to combine the most culturally and nationally significant items with ephemera to involve a broad base of people in their social history.
It attracted a record 105,000 visitors, many of whom wrote and pinned their own Edinburgh memories on to a visitor board as they departed.