In June 1940, after the Fall of France, the Canadian Government agreed to accept a number of Prisoners of War from Britain. It was believed that this would reduce the threat of a “Fifth Column” in the event of a very real threat of invasion. Many were sent to Camp R in Red Rock, […]
Robert Adam arrived in Rome on the 24th of February 1755 and was immediately captivated by the city. He wrote to his sister Peggy that “Rome is the most glorious place in the universal world. A grandeur and tranquillity reigns in it, everywhere noble and striking remains of antiquity appear in it”. He was able […]
The Society for Army Historical Research was established in 1921 to encourage the study of the history of the British Army, including the Militia, Yeomanry and Territorial Army, as well as land forces of the Commonwealth and Empire. In addition to research on individual campaigns and commanders, the Society’s interests cover the wider political, social and cultural aspects […]
Our Treasures exhibition – Playing Shakespeare: 400 years of great acting– part of this year’s world-wide commemoration of Shakespeare’s death in 1616, is coming to the end of its run, with only a few days left. Monday 13 June is your last chance to see four centuries of Shakespeare on stage.
“We shall each write a ghost story” was Lord Byron’s challenge to his guests at Villa Diodati near Geneva in the summer of 1816. This competition would eventually produce two of the greatest gothic novels; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and John Polidori’s The Vampyre (1819).
As summer is here we thought it was a good time to showcase items on Scottish cricket from the collections. Although not the first sport you might associate with Scotland, cricket in Scotland has a long and fascinating history. We also have more Scottish cricket items in the collections than you might expect. The collections […]
Are you interested in family, local or Scottish history? The Library has recently digitised a selection of almost 400 printed items relating to the histories of Scottish families, and you can read them all on our website in the Digital Gallery (Click here). All areas of Scotland are included, from Dumfries to Shetland, and many different […]
(Photo credit: The book of tea: Growing it, making it, drinking it, the history, recipes and lots more by Nick Kilby and Louise Cheadle is published by Jacqui Small LLP) (Image above shows the title of the book and the author names against an orange background with a white teacup and saucer) Louise Cheadle […]
I came across many disturbing and gruesome diseases whilst being involved in the House of Lords parliamentary project, for example – chimney sweeps’ sooty warts, the plague and cholera. Another horrific disease I have found is phossy jaw. So what is Phossy jaw? The making of Lucifer matches brought on a dreadful disease in the workers. […]
(Photo credit: New Island Books. Image above shows the title and author of the book and an image of bright shining spotlights) Dancing grannies, Polish milkmaids and the Bearded Lady. There’s no denying that the Eurovision Song Contest remains one of the most enduring phenomena of popular culture and, perhaps, also one of the strangest. […]