From the National Library of Scotland

Voltaire versus Lord Kames and the need for a soundbite

June 19, 2019

The National Library of Scotland will shortly open a major new exhibition on the Scottish Enlightenment. Robert Betteridge, Rare Books Curator (Eighteenth-Century Printed Collections), considers how best to capture the essence of this remarkable era.

Jane Haining’s Letter from Auschwitz

April 12, 2019
by Alison Metcalfe, National Library of Scotland

Alison Metcalfe is the Manuscripts Curator of Missionary and Military Archives at the National Library of Scotland. In this piece, she writes about the final letter sent by Jane Haining from Auschwitz in 1944. Haining was matron at the Scottish Jewish Mission School in Budapest and was arrested by the...

Blazing a trail – celebrating the first Scottish woman to see her work in print

March 8, 2019
by Dr Anette Hagan, National Library of Scotland

Dr Anette Hagan is the Rare Books Curator (Early Printed Collections to 1700) at the National Library of Scotland (NLS). In this piece, in celebration of International Women's Day, she explores the work of Elizabeth Melville, the first Scottish woman to see her work in print.

GOOD INTENTIONS

February 20, 2019
by Graeme Hawley, National Library of Scotland

  Graeme Hawley is the Head of General Collections at the National Library of Scotland (NLS). In this piece, the first of a regular series from NLS curators, he reflects on a chance encounter with a book in the collection. The occupational hazard in my work is curiosity. You train yourself after...