Back to the Future 1979-1989

Back to the Future 1979-1989

Set to an 80s soundtrack, this video installation looks back at the years 1979-1989 and marks the 40th and 30th anniversaries of some of the most important events in national and g… 

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). 

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… 

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. 

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. 

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 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. 

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. 

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.