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Women’s Golf in St Andrews

We are launching our new-look blog with a story about an old favourite here in St Andrews – golf. The blog has been migrated to a new format to bring it into line with other University blogs. Don’t worry though – all the previous content, which we know is much used and referred to as…

13 May 2020Archives

Woelfl’s Third Grand Concerto for the Piano Forte

Born in Salzburg on Christmas Eve 1773, Joseph Woelfl was an Austrian pianist and composer. As a chorister at Salzburg Cathedral between 1783 and 1786 he studied with both Leopold Mozart and Michael Haydn. It was as composer to Count Ogiński in Warsaw that he made his first public appearance as a pianist, in 1792.…

21 April 2020Rare Book Collection

Maria Marten and the Murder at the Red Barn

[H]erein will be found mythology, necromancy, biography, topography, history, theology, phrenology, anatomy, legal ingenuity, conjugal correspondence, amatory epistles, poetry, theatrical representations, affecting anecdotes, &c. &c. So claims the author J Curtis in the preface to his book, alluringly titled An authentic and faithful history of the mysterious murder of Maria Marten. Such a grandiose assertion…

15 April 2020Rare Book Collection

Cataloguing architectural plans of the Dean of Guild

In this ‘Behind the Scenes’ blog post we take a look at one of the volunteer projects that has been ongoing in the Special Collections Division of the University Library. There are several volunteering projects that run throughout the year within the Library’s Special Collections, available both to our students and members of the public.…

8 April 2020local history Manuscript Collection Volunteers / Placements

Launch of New Photographic Collections Site

We’ve spent some time recently working on replacing our aging photographic collections site – you can see the new and improved site here https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/library/special-collections/photographs/. The main aim of the new site is to improve the discoverability, usability and shareability of our amazing collection of photographs in all formats and of all ages. The result is…

2 April 2020Announcements Photographic Collection

‘The Papermakers’ – Tullis Russell in film

The Tullis Russell Paper Mills Collection (ms38973) contains records in a variety of formats – paper, photographic, audio tapes, VHS tapes and film reels. Previous blogs on Echoes have highlighted different parts of this collection, including the oral history tapes. As part of our preservation of this collection, we have had digitised some of the…

24 March 2020Archives Audio Visual Collections

International Women’s Day 2020: Snapshots of Edinburgh District Council Women’s Committee by Franki Raffles

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2020, we pay tribute to the Edinburgh District Council’s Women’s Committee (1984-1996) and feminist photographer Franki Raffles (1955-1994). To begin with, we embark on a visual journey back in time and revisit a series of IWD celebrations in Edinburgh between 1988 and 1994 through the Raffles’ photographs.  International Women’s…

8 March 2020Photographic Collection

A special visit to the St Andrews University Library’s Special Collections Photographic Collection

Like a kid in a sweet shop! That’s what it felt like to be given a tour of the Photographic Collection at the St Andrews University Library Special Collections by Rachel Nordstrom, the Photographic Collections Manager. The collection is a treasure trove of powerful and important work about Scotland and Scottish photography that goes all…

18 February 2020Photographic Collection

Roll up! Roll up! For all the fun of the fair!

Maia Sheridan, our Manuscripts Archivist, discovers our very own ‘Greatest Showman’ in one of our archive collections.  Sometimes fun things happen in the archives. While looking through slightly dull accounts relating to one of the farms in the Douglas of Grangemuir papers (ms38603), my eye was drawn to some faint colour in a pile of…

3 February 2020Archives

Greta Michie: connections between Glenesk and St Andrews reinvigorated

In previous blogs, we have featured reports from the Logjam project highlighting our active management of our archival collections through the appraisal and cataloguing of our archival backlog. Here’s a story about the re-homing of material that falls outwith our collecting policy, where the finding of a new home for papers has restored older links.…

24 January 2020Archives