Tuesday 25 September 2012

Madness in India lecture and NLS genealogy workshops

Some forthcoming lectures and workshops of interest for family history at the National Library of Scotland (www.nls.uk):

Madness in British India: Life in colonial lunatic asylums
10 October, 2012 6pm

How did the British manage and treat mentally ill Europeans and natives in India? What was life really like in a 'lunatic asylum'? Did conditions differ from those in Britain? Francine Millard, Digitisation Manager for the Medical History of British India Project, explores these issues. She will introduce fascinating 19th and 20th century asylum reports from the India Papers which recently went online for the first time.

Reader workshops

Getting started at NLS
2 October 2012, 2.30pm

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.

Discovering family history
9 October 2012, 10am

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.

Read all about it!
15 October 2012, 6pm

This workshop provides an introduction to the online newspaper resources available at the Library. The session includes demonstrations of a selection of resources and tips on how to search and discover the information you need.

Introduction to maps at NLS
16 October 2012, 2pm

NLS is home to one of the largest map collections 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.

This workshop will take place at the Map Reading Room at the Library's Causewayside building: 159 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1PH.

The free workshops fill up quickly so please book your place online today, or call 0131 623 3918.

(With thanks to the NLS)


Scottish Research Online - 5 weeks online Pharos course, £45.99, taught by Chris Paton from 26 SEP 2012 - see www.pharostutors.com
New book: It's Perthshire 1866 - there's been a murder... www.thehistorypress.co.uk/products/The-Mount-Stewart-Murder.aspx (from June 12th 2012)

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