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Archives Revealed: Ancestry Workshop

As part of the Archives Revealed project “Hidden Burgh: restoring Cupar’s place at the heart of Fife”, we are holding a workshop on researching ancestry in Cupar. It is taking place in the meeting room at Cupar Library, 33-35 Crossgate, Cupar, KY15 5AS on Friday 23 August between 10:30 and 12:30. Anyone who is interested…

9 August 2019Activities Events Manuscript Collection Projects

Celebration of John Napier of Merchiston at St Andrews

The 400th anniversary of the death of the mathematician John Napier of Merchiston, was commemorated on the 4th of April this year. For details of his life and his connections to St Andrews see our previous post: Marvellous Merchiston. In this post we look at the more recent Library celebrations of this anniversary. The Library…

19 May 2017Activities

Opening Up Scotland’s Archives: Trainee Visit

Earlier this year we had the pleasure of welcoming the Opening up Scotland’s Archives trainees to their second cohort visit of the year, here at the University of St Andrews Special Collections. The Opening up Scotland’s Archives scheme aims to improve skills and to develop the Scottish archives sector and you can read more about…

2 March 2017Activities general information Skills for the Future

Shortbread for New Year: the Evolution of a Recipe

This week, Elizabeth writes about New Year’s baking. Tartan tins of shortbread, optionally adorned with romantic depictions of Eilean Donan castle, Scottie dogs, or Bonnie Prince Charlie, are the clichéd epitome of a present from Scotland, perhaps especially at New Year. I was therefore struck when leafing through Catherine Brown’s excellent Scottish Cookery (3rd edition,…

10 January 2017Activities Rare Book Collection

Dish Cake, Blaten Küchlin

This week Fiona Menzies has a go at ‘Dish Cake’. Ein guten theil eyer klopft wol in einer blaten, auch milch darunder, mach mit saltz vnd mäl ein zarteβ teiglin shüt heissen aucken in ein supen blaten, stell die blaten auf ein haffen voll heissen wasser, glut darunder daβ das wasser koche, vnd der teig…

27 October 201617th Century cooking Activities Manuscript Collection

Historical Cooking: Week 2 – Milk Soup and Kropffen Cakes

This is the second post in the Special Collections mini-series on our Swiss/German Renaissance cookery book (ms38990), and our first attempt at a recipe. Maia Sheridan was this week’s chef. We tried two recipes this week. Ein guten milch supen zu Machen – to make a good milk soup Nimm ganzn milch, nimm 4 oder…

20 October 201617th Century cooking Activities Manuscript Collection

The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick-maker …

Well, butcher, baker and blacksmith at least!  Three local craftsmen, masters of their trades, will be taking part in a free event on Saturday 7th May in the Supper Room of St Andrews Town Hall. Throughout the day, from 11.00 to 16.30, there will be displays and activities inspired by the earliest historic records of…

3 May 2016Activities Manuscript Collection

Special Collections brings Hay Fleming to StAnza

This year at StAnza, the St Andrews annual Poetry festival, I decided that I would do something a bit different in the name of archival outreach and put down my name to take part in one of the festival’s famous open mic nights! The archive I am working on is the David Hay Fleming collection.…

24 March 2016Activities Manuscript Collection

Minor Book Repair Workshop with Caroline Bendix

Life can be dangerous for a book. Someone might thoughtlessly pull it off a shelf by the top of its spine, bash its corners, ignore its aging leather, not to mention the cruel effects of time. With this in mind, some of our library staff got the opportunity to learn about minor book repairs during…

22 October 2015Activities Rare Book Collection

Faces from the Past: Whaling portraits workshop

On Sunday morning (10th May) a number of burgeoning and talented artists gathered at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther for the workshop entitled ‘Faces from the Past: Pastel Portrait class for adults’. This was the last in a series of workshops inspired by the Special Collections exhibition ‘Poles Apart: changing attitudes to whaling in the…

12 May 2015Activities Archives exhibitions