The Skinny: Scottish clubbers’ favourite dancefloor moments

New-to-me, from The Skinny: Scottish clubbers’ favourite dancefloor moments. “Featuring input from the promoters behind some of Scotland’s most famous parties from the 80s to the present day – including Subculture’s Harri & Domenic, Optimo’s JD Twitch, and trailblazing audiovisual DJ VAJ.Power – the archive provides a brief overview of Scotland’s vibrant club scene. But club culture is and always will be about the dancers, so we’ve picked out some of the recent submissions to the archive from members of the public to share some of the clubbers’ memories from the dancefloor.”

The Herald: Digitising old Court of Session records reveals fascinating detail of Scottish life

The Herald: Digitising old Court of Session records reveals fascinating detail of Scottish life. “The case between Lieutenant William Stewart of the Impress Service at Greenock and James Graham, described in the papers as ‘a negro, residing in Glasgow, who had been born into the business of a seaman’ has been uncovered as part of a cross-Atlantic project to unravel thousands of legal documents. The papers, spanning 75 years from 1759 to 1834, include litigation and testimony documents, letters, wills, business contracts, bankruptcy details and other evidence gathered by lawyers of the time in an effort to prove their cases.”

The National (Scotland): Scottish Independence Library put out call for testing volunteers

The National (Scotland): Scottish Independence Library put out call for testing volunteers. “THE Scottish Independence Library – Leabharlann Neo-eisimeileachd na h-Alba – has issued a call for volunteers to beta test its website before the free facility goes public. Planned for a launch in the near future, the digital library is a searchable collection of resources related to Scottish independence.”

The Workers Stories Project – The day-to-day lives of Scotland’s frontline workers during lockdown (Glasgow Live)

Glasgow Live: The Workers Stories Project – The day-to-day lives of Scotland’s frontline workers during lockdown. “Launched by trade unionists and activists in Glasgow last May, the Workers Stories Project is building an online archive which will show what the battle against coronavirus was like for the working class for generations to come. From delivery drivers and postal workers to teachers, carers and nurses, the project drew more than 80 accounts from those toiling on the frontline over the past 20 months. It also highlighted the unpaid labour done largely by women in the community.”

The Northern Times: Improved Highland Pictish Trail launched with new information package

The Northern Times: Improved Highland Pictish Trail launched with new information package. “The Picts dominated north and east Scotland from around 400AD for about 600 years, and the carved stones they left in the landscape, with their mysterious symbols, carvings of animals, and later on, intricately carved Christian crosses and images of bible scenes, battles and hunting, have been a source of fascination for centuries, along with their network of hill forts. The original Highland Pictish Trail, which dates back more than 25 years, has now been extended to include 32 of the area’s most impressive and accessible Pictish sites.”

The National: Forgotten ‘ghost signs’ of Glasgow mapped by new project

The National: Forgotten ‘ghost signs’ of Glasgow mapped by new project. “THEY are faded fragments of days gone by which offer a glimpse into city life of the past. Now a project working to preserve the ‘ghost signs’ remaining on buildings in Glasgow is launching a map of key sites in the South Side. Since 2018, Glasgow City Heritage Trust has been researching and documenting the remains of the signs, which has included putting together an online archive, a conference and walking trails.”

The Courier: Largest collection of Scottish family history records now available online through Findmypast

The Courier: Largest collection of Scottish family history records now available online through Findmypast. “The vast new online collection of Old Parish Records has been published in collaboration with local archives and organisations across Scotland. Dating back to 1561 and spanning 450 years of Scottish history, the new collection contains more than 10.7 million historical documents chronicling baptisms, marriages, burials and more.”

Independent Catholic News: Scotland’s Catholic Museum launches interactive virtual site

Independent Catholic News: Scotland’s Catholic Museum launches interactive virtual site. “The new website unites all the collections of the Scottish Catholic Heritage Collections Trust Museum, and the historic Library and Archive (both of which are on loan to the University of Aberdeen). The website also provides a link to the Scottish Catholic Archives at Columba House in Edinburgh.”

The National (Scotland): Gaelic dictionary project uncovers traditional Scottish healing methods

The National (Scotland): Gaelic dictionary project uncovers traditional Scottish healing methods. “RESEARCHERS for a Gaelic dictionary discovered more than just words when they carried out the second phase of their language project. Inter-university partnership Faclair na Gaidhlig and Gaelic audio recordings catalogue Tobar an Dualchais (TAD) focused on 1200 audio recordings, and it wasn’t long before a considerable number of words were relating to the same subject.”

The Scotsman: New national museum proposed to honour Scots convicted of witchcraft

The Scotsman: New national museum proposed to honour Scots convicted of witchcraft. “The proposed attraction, which is hoped to secure public funding to help get it off the ground, would recall how 3,837 people were accused of witchcraft in Scotland between the 16th and 18th centuries – 85 per cent of them women. It is thought around 2,500 executions were carried out in Scotland under the Witchcraft Act during several waves of ‘satanic panic’ between 1563 and 1736.”

Herald Scotland: Scotland’s proud aviation heritage celebrated with new trail and website

Herald Scotland: Scotland’s proud aviation heritage celebrated with new trail and website. “The Scottish Aviation & STEM Trail website launched today by the RAF in Scotland with collaboration from Scottish Regional Air Museums and the RAF Museum. The trail brings together the history of aviation in Scotland and promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities for all ages, using the past to inspire the next generation. There is also input from the likes of the Scottish University Air Squadrons, Air Cadets and the RAF Museum with the Scottish Regional Air Museums and aviation enthusiasts from around the country.”

The Herald (Scotland): The end for the greatest source of 70 years of bagpiping history in the world?

The Herald (Scotland): The end for the greatest source of 70 years of bagpiping history in the world?. “….the monthly Piping Times and its sister magazine, the bi-monthly Piping Today ceased publication last year through the Covid crisis…. In their place there are plans to at least get the Piping Times produced as an annual publication. And the proposal also involves a move to digitise the magazines archive so it can be a free-to-access resource online. To make it happen the National Piping Centre, which serves as a national and international centre of excellence for the instrument and its music, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to protect the magazines’ legacy.” The crowdfunding effort is available at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/pipingtimes .

Glasgow Times: New online database resource tracks fiddle music origins

Glasgow Times: New online database resource tracks fiddle music origins. “A NEW online resource dedicated to finding some of the oldest Scottish fiddle music has launched. The searchable online database, which was created as part of PhD research at the University of Glasgow, will allow users to find original sources of tunes, as well as track information regarding the creators and collectors of the songs.”

The National (Scotland): Online Indy Tales library to help boost campaign for indyref2

The National (Scotland): Online Indy Tales library to help boost campaign for indyref2. “AN online library of short stories and poems in favour of Scottish independence has been launched ahead of the May 6 Scottish Parliament elections. The creation of Bob Hastings, a Scot who’s been living in Spain for more than 30 years, Indy Tales is a forum for exchanging fictionalised accounts of the need to regain this nation.”

BBC: Historical clothing from 14 museums displayed online

BBC: Historical clothing from 14 museums displayed online. “Fourteen museums have joined forces to put on an online exhibition of clothing through the ages. The virtual display, called Highland Threads, features a selection of historical garments. They include a waistcoat and jacket said to have belonged to have belonged to Bonnie Prince Charlie from Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.”