Category: Collections

The Feast of St. Nicholas

Happy St. Nicholas Day! Or, as the Dutch would say, Prettige Sinterklaasdag! In honour of this occasion, today we take a look at a curious…

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Mary Queen of Scots – Signet Ring

On 9th September 1543 Mary Stuart was declared Queen of Scots at just nine months old. We have a few items in our archive related…

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Going Dutch: the 3rd Earl of Bute’s Genre Paintings

Caitlin Blackwell, our inaugural Bute Fellow, looks into the preferences of the 3rd Earl of Bute when amassing his fantastic picture collection and just how…

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On This Day: Captain Cook

During the 1750’s and 60’s the colonisation of the New World by the British, Dutch, Spanish and French happened apace. Britain became a world power…

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Archive Highlights: Ajā’ib al-makhlūqāt or The Wonders of Creation

One of the most beautiful books in our library is a 19th Century copy of Ajā'ib al-makhlūqāt or The Wonders of Creation by Zakariya al-Qazwini, born in the 13th…

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The King and The Earl: International Day of Friendship

Strong friendships have defined the lives of many members of the Bute Family and many of these relationships have left impressions through the ages. John…

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Asteroid Day

On August 18th 1783 an unusually bright meteor was observed streaking through the sky. It entered the Earth’s atmosphere over the North Sea before passing over…

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Insect Week: Gaelic Names

National Insect Week, organised by the Royal Entomological Society, runs from 18th – 24th June and encourages people of all ages to learn about insects, their habitats and behaviours.…

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Insect Week: Beastly Bugs in the Collection!

National Insect Week run by the Royal Entomological Society from 18th – 24th June encourages people of all ages to learn about insects, their habitats and…

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Library Highlights for World Book Day

World Book Day is a chance to revisit the joy of reading at school, at home, and as a community. To celebrate the magic of…

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