The Edinburgh Festival on Film

The Edinburgh Festival on Film

We're hosting drop-in screenings of Festival in Edinburgh (1955) and Edinburgh on Parade (1970). Watch these fascinating records of previous Edinburgh festivals from Scotland’s Moving Image Archive... 

Staffa

Staffa

Staffa is a work for full orchestra and large screens depicting three simultaneous visions of the uninhabited Hebridean island of Staffa created by BAFTA and Grierson award-winning filmmaker Gerry Fox and acclaimed composer Ned Bigham... 

Enduring Eye

Enduring Eye

One of the greatest ever photographic records of human survival, Enduring Eye honours the achievements of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the Endurance expedition of 1914-1917... 

The Joy of Spines

The Joy of Spines

Right in the heart of Edinburgh are 120 miles of underground shelves that store the National Library of Scotland’s collection of 24 million things. Graeme Hawley (performance poet, slam winner and General Collections Manager at the library) presents this slide show and found poem, comprised entirely of book spines... 

The Secret of the Kelpie: A Journey Round Scotland

The Secret of the Kelpie: A Journey Round Scotland

Every loch in Scotland, however beautiful, has its cold, dark depths. And every loch in Scotland has its kelpie. But it's easy to forget those dangers on a sunny afternoon. Join storyteller and author Lari Don for an energetic gallop through her new book The Secret of the Kelpie... 

You Are Here

You Are Here

What is a map? The National Library of Scotland’s free exhibition You Are Here asks that question, taking you on a cartographic journey from Edinburgh to the ends of the earth. A map says ‘you are here’ in a street, a town, an exact place in the world... 

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

A boy and a bear go to sea, equipped with a suitcase, a comic book and a ukulele. They are only travelling a short distance and it really shouldn't take long. But then their boat encounters unforeseeable anomalies... 

Lifting the Lid: A History of Scottish Cooking

Lifting the Lid: A History of Scottish Cooking

Using the Library’s rich collections of manuscript and printed recipe books, we explore Scotland’s changing relationship with food and drink over the centuries. We also have a treasures display featuring the art work of watercolourist Hugh Buchanan... 

Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Playing with form is a bold move, one for which Ross Macfarlane, the director of this one-man show, must be praised. His valiant production asks: why follow convention? Why pander to audiences’ expectations? Why the hell not adapt a complex detective novel for solo performance?Unfortunately for Macfarlane, his production satisfactorily answers its own questions within about fifteen minutes...