Friday, 25 January 2013

Forthcoming events National Library of Scotland

Some forthcoming talks and workshops at the National Library of Scotland (

Scottish LGBT History: 20 years after Footsteps and Witnesses
4 February, 6pm
When Footsteps and Witnesses was published in 1993, it was the first opportunity for Scottish lesbians and gay men to tell their own life stories. But it was no more than the tip of an iceberg of unacknowledged history. Twenty years later, Bob Cant, the book's editor, and other historians explore continuing developments in this area of historical study.

Treasures for Presidents' Day: Illustrated talk
18 February, 6pm
Presidents' Day commemorates the birthday of George Washington, the first President of the United States of America. To mark the celebrations, NLS Curators Chris Taylor and Dora Petherbridge present a fascinating selection of items from our United States collections that relate to American politics and culture. Unique George Washington material and letters from the Founding Fathers and literary figures such as Ralph Waldo Emerson will evoke significant moments from American history.

Researching Scottish Subscription Libraries - and English, Irish and Welsh too
21 February, 5.45pm - 7pm
This event celebrates the publication of Keith Manley's Books, borrowers, and shareholders: Scottish circulating and subscription libraries before 1825, a survey and listing. Dr Manley works for the National Trust at Castle Drogo on Dartmoor, and has recently catalogued the library of Agatha Christie. He is joint convenor of the Seminar in the History of Libraries which is held at the Institute of English Studies, University of London.
A joint Edinburgh Bibliographical Society and NLS event.

Reader Workshops

Discovering family history
5 February, 6 - 7.30pm
Ever been interested in researching your roots, but unsure of where to start? Find out what resources the Library holds to help you with your family history research. The workshop also includes some practical information on how to become a reader.

Getting started at NLS
6 February, 6pm
Learn how to register as a reader, find your way around the Library, request material and find out about our other services. The workshop also includes a tour of the Reading Rooms.
If you are planning to register to use the Library after the workshop, please bring evidence of identity such as a current driving licence or a recent utility bill.

Read all about it!
20 February, 2pm
An introduction to online newspaper resources available via NLS.
The session includes demonstrations of a selection of resources and tips on how to search and discover the information you need.

Booking details are available at

(With thanks to the NLS)


Pre-order my new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, through Pen and Sword (30 April 2013), or purchase early at Who Do You Think You Are Live 2013 in London. For my other genealogy books, please visit; whilst for my online Scottish based genealogy courses please visit the Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd site.

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