Wednesday, 18 November 2009

National Library of Scotland news

From the National Library of Scotland:

Fans of BBC Scotland's A History of Scotland programme will not be disappointed with the chance to get close up to a chilling piece of Scottish history: the signed order for the Massacre of Glencoe. This is joined by the Jacobite manuscript the 'Lyon in Mourning' and Scotland's contract with God in the form of two National Covenants.

Literary highlights include the manuscripts of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Case of the Illustrious Client', Robert Burns's Jacobite poem 'The Battle of Sherra-Moor' and Sir Walter Scott's 'Waverley.'


On tour - The library visits Dundee Central Library from Wednesday 25 until Friday 27 November as part of tour of the regions. There will be a programme of free talks and workshops covering business resources, family history and maps, and a touring exhibition on travellers' impressions of Scotland.

Pantomime season - A Pantomime in Scotland exhibition will be at the following venues:

Motherwell Theatre Motherwell 23 November - 2 December
King's Theatre Glasgow 5 - 19 December
Macrobert Arts Centre Stirling 21 December - 14 January

The exhibition is free and covers all aspects of Scottish pantomime, past and present. There are two pay-to-view events:

Glasgow Film Theatre
6 December 5.30 - 7pm Tickets: £6.50/£5
8 December 12.45 -2.15pm Tickets: £3.50
Book online at or phone 0141 332 6535.

Watch some rarely seen footage of pantomimes in Glasgow in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s held by the Archive. Look out for Scottish panto favourites Jack Anthony, Dave Willis, George West, Harry Gordon and Will Fyffe and the occasional dancing elephant or acrobatic dog!

Scottish Screen - Finally, the NLS has also published 200 film clips on a new educational website called Scotland on Screen, available at The site hosts over 15 hours of film from the Scottish Screen Archive, most of which were made in Scotland between 1895 and the 1980s.

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