Tuesday, 4 October 2011

National Library of Scotland - exhibition and workshops

The Scottish Working People's History exhibition continues until the end of this month at the National Library of Scotland (www.nls.uk) in Edinburgh. Here's the blurb:

The efforts of working people in Scotland to improve their lot is part of the focus of a small display this autumn at the National Library of Scotland in the Scottish Working People's History exhibition.

There is an unrivalled collection of material relating to Scottish working people at NLS. Among the collection are the oldest surviving records of trade unions and various organisations and activists involved in the working-class movement.

From these archives come letters, photographs, minute books and printed documents to help tell the story of working people's history. The oldest item on show dates from 1761. This is the deed setting up what is regarded as the world's first co-operative society - the Fenwick Weavers' Society in Ayrshire.

Also the following workshops will be held at the library:

Discovering family history at NLS
Monday 17 October 2011, 2pm - 3.30pm

Find out what resources the Library holds to help with your family history research. This workshop includes a short tour of the public areas. Please note that this is a very popular workshop and places fill up quickly, so please book your place as soon as possible.

The next family history workshop at NLS will be held on 22 November from 6pm to 7.30pm. Book your place online, or call 0131 623 3918 .

Introduction to maps at NLS
Tuesday 18 October 2011, 2pm - 3.30pm

The National Library of Scotland is home to one of the largest map collection in the world. Our shelves hold everything from town plans to world atlases, railway maps to star charts.

Learn about the range of maps available, and view a selection of highlights from the collection. Includes an introduction to the Maps Reading Room. Please note that this workshop takes place at our Causewayside building in Edinburgh. Book your place online, or call 0131 623 3918 .

Read all about it!
Tuesday 18 October 2011, 6pm - 7.30pm

Enjoy an introduction to online newspaper resources available via the National Library of Scotland. This free, 90 minute workshop includes demonstrations of a selection of resources and tips on how to search and discover the information you need. Workshops fill up fast, so please book your place as soon as possible. Book your place online, or call 0131 623 3918 .

(With thanks to the NLS)


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