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.”

The Courier: Dunfermline heritage gem looks to take its place on the Fife tourism trail

The Courier: Dunfermline heritage gem looks to take its place on the Fife tourism trail. “The old lady is still in the pink, but at the landmark building in Maygate, the finishing touches are being made to a restoration that should take the 500-year-old, A-listed structure well into this century and pin it to the Fife tourism map. There will be a phased opening, with classes in the outside workshop, creative rental space and the opening of an education centre on the first floor, including a digital archive of Abbot House. A digital archive featuring photographs, drawings, architectural plans, documents, and local records relating to the house will also be accessible to the public.”

The Scotsman: Artists, poets and language lovers speak out as they face a torrent of online abuse for speaking Scots

The Scotsman: Artists, poets and language lovers speak out as they face a torrent of online abuse for speaking Scots. “Scottish folk singer Iona Fyfe writes and performs in the Scots language. She explained that she doesn’t receive much abuse for her music, despite singing in Scots, but when she speaks or writes social media updates in the language, that’s when her Twitter feed is hit hard.”

BBC: Scotland’s little-known fourth “language”

BBC: Scotland’s little-known fourth “language”. ” Colourful yet guttural, the rural north-east dialect is a subset of vernacular Scots, officially protected by the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages…. But it turns out the Doric-speaking community currently have plenty to shout about. For the dialect, maligned for so long, is undergoing a revival. The green shoots to empower Doric speakers are plentiful. There is a new online TV station. A new undergraduate university degree course. A North-East Scots language board. And an interactive cultural map to help visitors discover Doric’s living oral, cultural and social history.” Whenever I learn about a language I want to hear it. Check out this YouTube video about Doric TV. Do not turn on the CC though or you’ll think she’s talking about DirectTV.

The Scotsman: Stay tuned: Meet the weird and wonderful volunteers keeping community radio alive in lockdown

The Scotsman: Stay tuned: Meet the weird and wonderful volunteers keeping community radio alive in lockdown. “Local DJs – the unsung Covid heroes – haven’t stopped providing music, news, comedy and most importantly, companionship to people across Scotland as many have been forced into unavoidable loneliness. While the pandemic may have emptied studios across the country attics, bedrooms, cupboards and even a caravan are just a few of many ad hoc locations loyal community DJs have been using to stay on the beat for their listeners.”

Tenement Tiles: Online archive collects images of Glasgow’s most creative closes (Glasgow Times)

Glasgow Times: Tenement Tiles: Online archive collects images of Glasgow’s most creative closes. “WHEN you think of Glasgow, you think of tenement flats. The iconic architecture, which is synonymous across the West of Scotland, often tells the history of the city despite being hidden behind close doors, and now one enthusiast is helping to bring it to the masses. Zan Phee, 36, runs Tenement Tiles, an online archive which curates pictures from some of the most intricate and artistic tenement designs, which she created in 2015.”

Brig Newspaper: University of Stirling Archives launches Brig Newspaper’s digital archive

Brig Newspaper: University of Stirling Archives launches Brig Newspaper’s digital archive. “The digital archive was launched on this January 14 and aims to provide a ‘student-focused’ record of the university’s history. The archive currently contains the first 125 issues of Brig Newspaper and covers the years 1969 to 1987. Access to the archive is available through the university’s archived collections website in chronological order.”

COVID-19: Nicola Sturgeon announces national lockdown in Scotland (Sky News)

Sky News: COVID-19: Nicola Sturgeon announces national lockdown in Scotland. “A nationwide lockdown will be introduced in Scotland from midnight tonight, Nicola Sturgeon has announced. The first minister told the Scottish Parliament there will be a legal requirement for people to stay at home for the rest of January, with schools remaining closed to most pupils until the start of February at the earliest.”

BBC: Historic Kinora ‘flipbook footage’ of Wick saved for the future

BBC: Historic Kinora ‘flipbook footage’ of Wick saved for the future. “The National Library of Scotland spent years digitising the footage, which shows the hustle and bustle of the fishing industry in the Highland coastal town of Wick. The reels, some of which are up to 120 years old, were originally played on a device called a Kinora viewer. A reel of images printed on card was revolved in the viewer, creating an illusion similar to a flip-book animation.” The video is freely available to view online.

The Courier: One million memorial inscriptions gathered in lockdown history project

The Courier: One million memorial inscriptions gathered in lockdown history project. “The collection is the end product of months of painstaking work by volunteers across the country, who spent lockdown transcribing memorials and gravestones from more than 800 burial grounds for the database. ‘Scotland Monumental Inscriptions’ includes details of Sotland’s most notable figures in history, including kings, queens, Flora Macdonald who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie evade government troops after the Battle of Culloden, and pioneer Adam Smith.”