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August 11th, 2011 at 09:08

Today marks the 92nd anniversary of the death of the Scottish born industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Probably best known now for his funding of around 3,000 public libraries and educational institutions, he was born in Dunfermline and emigrated with his family to the United States in 1848 where he worked in a cotton mill from [...]

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July 14th, 2011 at 12:07

Today sees the 313th anniversary of the Kingdom of Scotland’s attempt at colonisation. The ‘Darien Scheme’ as it was known was intended to create an overseas colony for Scotland on the Isthmus of Panama called New Caledonia. The hope was that New Caledonia would be a stopping point and important intermediary in trade between Europe [...]

April Fool!

April 1st, 2011 at 08:04

This bank note includes enough clues to its fake nature that it is doubtful it could have fooled anyone, but it is an entertaining example of an April Fool practical joke from 1847. It was sent anonymously to C. Brinsley Marlay on 31 March 1847 and is now part of the Marlay collection (My 2484/2). [...]

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March 26th, 2011 at 12:03

March 26th marks the hundreth anniversary of the birth of the American playwright Tennessee Williams. Born Thomas Lanier Williams, he changed his name to Tennessee in 1939 after the state in which his father was born. Williams is justifiably best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning plays, including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and [...]

Florence Nightingale, and the Florence Nightingale Collection

August 13th, 2010 at 09:08

Readers browsing on our website, or in our catalogues may be surprised to see that the University holds a Florence Nightingale Collection. It is very small, (only 27 items in number), and contrary to expectation does not consist of works about the famous nursing reformer, but comprises a rather miscellaneous group of books which belonged [...]