National Library of Scotland – New events programme out now!




Your What’s On features our Glasgow venue at Kelvin Hall as well as our ever-expanding selection of entertaining and inspiring events in Edinburgh. 

Enduring Eye: The Antarctic legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley
One of the greatest ever photographic records of human survival, Enduring Eye honours the achievements of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the Endurance expedition of 1914 – 1917. Using images taken by Frank Hurley, the official expedition photographer, together with items from the Library’s polar collections, this exhibition tells a fascinating and enduring story.
(Runs to Sunday 12 November)

The International Style of Muriel Spark
Taking a virtual journey to the locations Dame Muriel called home. Archive material and personal artefacts will illuminate her inspirations and the significance of the places where she lived. This exhibition is part of the Muriel Spark 100 centenary programme.
(Runs from Friday 8 December to Sunday 13 May)

TREASURES DISPLAY — Duvall and Hamilton
This display celebrates the extraordinary contribution of Kulgin Duval and Colin Hamilton to Scottish life and letters over five decades. From an early beginning dealing in rare books and literary manuscripts, their partnership became the centre-point of many remarkable literary and creative friendships, including Hugh MacDiarmid, George Mackay Brown and Edwin Morgan. Kulgin Duval died in 2016 and the Duval and Hamilton collection and archive is to be bequeathed in time to the National Library and National Galleries of Scotland.
(Runs to Sunday 15 October)

Edinburgh events for National Poetry Day
To celebrate National Poetry Day we will be holding a drop-in workshop where you can build your own poem, together with an event titled Modernist poetry and the little magazine. Dr Francesca Bratton explores the relationship between modernist poetry and the little magazines that were instrumental to its development and dissemination. Drawing on the National Library’s extensive collections of literary periodicals, she introduces the key characteristics of modernist poetry.
(Thursday 28 September, various times)

Glasgow event — Luminate Festival: Shipbuilding Stories on Screen 
This screening event celebrates Govan as the centre of shipbuilding in Scotland. Included in the screening is a unique chance to view Seawards The Great Ships (1960) – Scotland’s very first Oscar winning documentary.
(Tuesday 10 October, 11:30 am)

Glasgow workshop — Using film for family & local history
Find out how archive film can enhance your family or local history research. Learn about the range of material preserved by the Moving Image Archive from all over Scotland and discover how it can help you discover your past. Workshops last approximately one hour.
(Friday 20 October, 11 am)

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By David Gilmour

Learning Technologist East Lothian Council