The national library in Edinburgh is planning to host an exhibition about female mountaineers, Petticoats and Pinnacles, which will include stories from pioneers from Vicky Jack to Ella Christie. The library is also making changes prompted by the Black Lives Matter movement, which it has described as a “catalyst” for change. For example, the Black Lives Matter movement has inspired a change in the library’s display of material on David Hume, who was offered a job in Jamaica.
The Weir Collection
The National Library of Scotland is a legal deposit library in Scotland and is the home of the country’s National Collections. It is also one of the largest libraries in the United Kingdom and a member of the Consortium of European Research Libraries. Its collections range from ancient manuscripts to contemporary publications.
The John Murray Archive
The John Murray Archive is a literary archive containing more than one hundred thousand letters and manuscripts. These collections contain works by such writers as Charles Darwin and Lord Byron. The Murray Archive is free to visit. You can browse through the manuscripts and learn about the famous minds of Scotland’s past. The archive is also available online.
The Wordie collection
The Wordie collection at the National Library is home to a selection of the Scottish polar explorer’s personal papers and library. This collection is maintained by Paula Williams, curator of the polar collections at the National Library of Scotland. Wordie was born in Glasgow and became an influential explorer during the early 1900s. He travelled extensively, and his expeditions helped shape the geography of the Antarctic region.
The Bartholomew Archive
The Bartholomew Archive, which is housed at the National Library of Scotland, documents the history of John Bartholomew & Son Ltd. It is one of the largest cartographic archives held by a public institution. It includes maps, plans, and business records, and is constantly growing as the company continues to add more papers to the collection.
The Bartholomew Archives
The Bartholomew Archives contain many documents and maps, pertaining to the history of map-making in Scotland. In the National Library of Scotland, in Edinburgh, a special project has been begun to preserve the archive. The collection is rich in correspondences between Bartholomew and TEL, as well as maps, letters, and entries in the Bartholomew office books.
The John Murray Archive in Edinburgh
The John Murray Archive is a unique resource for the study of nineteenth-century Scottish literature. Its holdings of printed materials from Lord Byron to the Constable and Oliver and Boyd firms are unmatched, and the archive is virtually accessible to the public. The collection also includes legal, financial and administrative files.
The Wordie collection in Edinburgh
The Wordie collection at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh is a wonderful place to go and learn more about the Scottish literary scene. Founded in 1925 by an Act of Parliament, the library was in need of a new building by the 1970s. The new building, known as the Causewayside Building, was completed in 1995 and cost PS50 million.
The Wordie collection in Aberdeen
The Wordie collection at Aberdeen National Library Scotland features the personal archive of Scottish polar explorer James Mann Wordie. The collection consists of over 4,000 polar books. These books are considered the heart of the library’s polar collections. The collection is currently on show in the ‘Enduring Eye’ exhibition. It also features materials from Wordie’s Endurance Expedition.