Regular visitors to our main National Library of Scotland site at George IV Bridge in Edinburgh will know that we usually have a small changing display just in front of the doors to the Reading Rooms.
We currently have a small display for Edinburgh’s Festival month of August featuring examples of guides, programmes, and ephemera from various early International, Film, Fringe, and Book Festivals from 1947 onwards. The display is based on the photo feature in the current issue of Discover NLS
There is an assortment of brightly coloured marketing for the Festivals – but a monochrome Maria Callas takes pride of place in her 1957 performance as La Sonnambula at the King’s Theatre.
And if you have 4 spare minutes you can hear what she (and the audience) sounded like on the night …