The Sound Cafe: New Digital Archive Protecting Legacy Of Piping In Scotland Goes Live

The Sound Cafe: New Digital Archive Protecting Legacy Of Piping In Scotland Goes Live. “The Archives from The National Piping Centre holds digitised copies of five influential piping periodicals dating back to 1948 – Piping Times, Piping Today, The International Piper, Piper and Dancer and Notes from the Piping Centre – as well as photograph galleries of piping through the years. It also incorporates The Centre’s Noting the Tradition oral history archive, which holds recorded interviews with people involved in piping at all levels and all over Scotland over the past 50 years.”

British Library Maps Blog: The new Roy Military Survey Gazetteer

British Library Maps Blog: The new Roy Military Survey Gazetteer. “The British Library and National Library of Scotland are pleased to announce the availability of a new gazetteer which allows all the names on the Roy Military Survey Maps of Scotland (1747-55, British Library Maps CC.5.a.441) to be searched and browsed. Through the hard work of a team of volunteers over the last six months, all 33,523 names on the Roy Map have been recorded.”

University of Stirling: Historic children’s home archive opens with donation from former resident

University of Stirling: Historic children’s home archive opens with donation from former resident. “The archive is the result of a year-long project led by a team of University experts, who carefully restored, preserved and recorded hundreds of historic documents from Aberlour, including administrative records, case files, annual reports, photographs and issues of the charity’s magazine. Now fully searchable and open to those who have personal or family connections to Aberlour and to researchers, the archive provides a detailed record of the organisation’s work caring for children across Scotland since the establishment of its first orphanage in 1875.”

The Scotsman: Photographer gifts one million images that help tell the story of Scotland

The Scotsman: Photographer gifts one million images that help tell the story of Scotland . “Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert has gifted his work to St Andrews University, with the acquisition doubling its photographic archive which dates back to the first half of the 19th Century. Everyday moments of ordinary people and their environments regularly feature in his collection as do the realities of industry – from North Sea fishing to coal mining – as he searches for the stories of our times.”

Scottish Field: Knights Templar Beard Advice Goes Online

Scottish Field: Knights Templar Beard Advice Goes Online. “The 12th century advice on why excessive facial hair wasn’t needed is part of 240 documents digitised by the library, thanks to a donation from Alexander Graham, the television producer behind the genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? The manuscripts – which date from the 9th to the 16th centuries – also include ‘stunning illuminations, medieval doodles, [and] zodiac medical material’.”

Herald Scotland: Fascinating trove of photographs shed light on a bygone era

Herald Scotland: Fascinating trove of photographs shed light on a bygone era. “More than 1,500 of Duncan [Macpherson]’s images have been gathered and stored in archives, recognised for the remarkable insight they offer into bygone days and regarded as being of national importance. Now, the collection has almost doubled in size, after the surprise discovery of even more images and, sparking particular excitement, a bundle of five reels of moving film thought to date from the 1920s.”

The Past: Iron Age coin database launched online

The Past: Iron Age coin database launched online. “Academic researchers and those involved in finds identification will be pleased to learn that the Celtic Coin Index (CCI) – the world’s largest dataset of Iron Age coins in Britain – is now available as an online resource via the Celtic Coin Index Digital (CCID).”

Into Film Scotland: Celebrating Languages Week Scotland

Into Film Scotland: Celebrating Languages Week Scotland. “To mark Languages Week Scotland, we’ve launched a brand new Gaelic page, which recognises the importance of including Gaelic Medium educators and their learners in the work Into Film does, and helping them access the incredible power of film in their own indigenous language. Our new page houses all of our Gaelic-language content, including films in the Gaelic language, and resources that are either specifically about or have been translated into Gaelic.”

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.”