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Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and the University of St Andrews

This week we mark the centenary of the death of Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-American steel magnate and philanthropist, who gave away almost 90% of his fortune (almost $5 billion in 2019 value) between his retirement in 1901 and his death in 1919. Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Fife and emigrated to the USA with his family…

9 August 2019Anniversaries Manuscript Collection Muniments Collection

The Tullis Russell Band Centenary, 1919-2019

As part of our occasional audio-visual blog series, this week we look at (and listen to!) the Tullis Russell brass band, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year and whose 1969 50th anniversary album is preserved in our archive, alongside minutes, photos and ephemera about the band. Brass Bands The brass band movement has its roots…

18 June 2019Anniversaries Audio Visual Collections Manuscript Collection

300 years of ‘The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe’

Daniel Defoe’s castaway tale, The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, was first published 300 years ago on 25th April 1719, Defoe’s debut as a writer of fiction. The first edition did not carry Defoe’s name but was presented as the autobiography of a ‘Mariner’. This ‘autobiography’ tells the story of Robinson Crusoe…

23 April 2019Anniversaries Manuscript Collection Rare Book Collection

John Ruskin and James David Forbes

Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Victorian art critic John Ruskin (8 February 1819-20 January 1900). Born in London, John Ruskin was the only son of John James Ruskin, a sherry importer and Margaret Cox. A man of many interests, Ruskin is most renowned for his work as an art critic…

8 February 2019Anniversaries Manuscript Collection Muniments Collection Photographic Collection

Daguerreotypes in the Library’s Special Collections

To start off the new year, our Photographic Collections Manager takes a look at the daguerreotypes in the Library’s photographic collections on the anniversary of Daguerre’s announcement to the world of his new photographic process. Before 7 January 1839 only a few avid scientists knew what photography was, or a rendition of it anyways. But…

7 January 2019Anniversaries Photographic Collection

Centenary of the Qualification of Women Act

Today is the 100th Anniversary of the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act, November 1918 which allowed women to stand as Members of Parliament. For more on the struggle for equal representation why not have a look at our blog series on votes for women. The first woman elected to the Commons was Constance Markievicz in…

21 November 2018Anniversaries

Armistice and Remembrance,1918 to 2018: Part II

This Sunday, the 11th of November 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War in Western Europe. In the first part of this post we looked at some of the celebrations and personal reactions to the armistice of November 1918. In this post we look at the how Armistice…

9 November 2018Anniversaries Manuscript Collection Muniments Collection Photographic Collection

Armistice and Remembrance, 1918 to 2018: Part I

This Sunday, the 11th of November 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War in Western Europe. Previous posts on Echoes have looked at some of surviving original letters, diaries, postcards and photographs from the First World War. In this two part post we highlight reactions to the end…

8 November 2018Anniversaries Manuscript Collection Muniments Collection Photographic Collection

Frankenstein in St Andrews

2018 marks the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’. In honour of this anniversary, Dr Katie Garner of the School of English takes a look at the Library’s 1818 first edition of the novel and the contemporary publications listed in the publisher’s original advertisements. The Library’s 1818 first edition copy of ‘Frankenstein’…

14 August 2018Anniversaries Rare Book Collection

Emily Brontë at 200

Emily Brontë lived for just thirty years (1818-1848), and published one novel, Wuthering Heights, and a small number of poems. Both during her short life and throughout the much longer afterlife of her literary fame, Emily’s work has been defined in relation to her family. Her poetry appeared together with that of her sisters Anne…

30 July 2018Anniversaries Rare Book Collection