National Library of Scotland to take its displays around Scotland in 2023

10 January 2023
Lifting the Lid at Montrose Museum
Portable versions of National Library of Scotland exhibitions and collections are to visit venues across Scotland - read on for dates and locations.

The free displays are portable versions of National Library exhibitions and collections:  

  • You Are Here which charts the history of maps in Scotland 
  • Going to the Pictures about Scotland’s impact on the big screen  
  • Lifting the Lid which tells the story of over 400 years of Scottish food and drink 
  • Scotland’s Photograph Album a brand-new display based on the Mackinnon photography collection – a vast collection documenting a century of Scottish life since the 1840s, jointly owned with the National Galleries of Scotland 

Each display is made up of 10 banners which are complemented by interactive handling boxes that give visitors a hands-on taste of the National Library’s collections.  

National Librarian Amina Shah said: “We are delighted our displays are back on tour and reaching people all over Scotland. It is especially exciting as we launch the latest display Scotland’s Photograph Album, which is drawn from the extensive Mackinnon collection. Scotland has a unique relationship with photography as many of the first practitioners who pushed the medium forward were based in Scotland or were inspired by Scottish subjects, and the display gives a fascinating snapshot of life during this period of immense change.  

“The touring displays are an excellent way for us to connect with communities and bring the national collections to life through local connections. The displays are formed around parts of the collections everyone can relate to, be that a map, a film, a dish or a photograph. We hope these displays will resonate with people throughout the country, and evoke memories of significant events in their lives.” 


The schedule for the coming year is as follows: 

Lifting the Lid: 

January to April  
Midlothian Libraries 

April to June  
Falkirk Library 

June to September 
The Mercat Shopping Centre, Kirkcaldy 

Going to the Pictures: 

January to March 
Low Parks Museum, Hamilton 

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April to May 
Hawick and Galashiels Library 

June to September  
Spark, Livingston 

September to December 
Live Argyll Libraries 

You Are Here: 

January to March  
The Heritage Hub, Hawick 

April to May 
Orkney Library & Archive 

June to August  
Carnegie library, Ayr 

Scotland’s Photograph Album will debut in Stirling Libraries in April. 

Report and images courtesy National Library of Scotland