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‘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 […]

24 March 2020Special 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 […]

8 March 2020Special Collections

A special visit to the University of St Andrews Library’s 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 […]

18 February 2020Special Collections

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 […]

3 February 2020Special Collections

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 […]

24 January 2020Special Collections

Advent Calendar 2019

We hope you have enjoyed our 2019 advent calendar! Here are all of the fantastic beasts for you to enjoy.  

26 December 2019Special Collections

December 25 – Fairies

The myth of fairies has no single origin, but stories of fairy-like creatures are common throughout folklore. These magical creatures usually have a human appearance plus their most distinctive feature […]

25 December 2019Special Collections

December 24 – Chimera

The composite Persian volume known as the Book of Wonders, deals with natural history and geography. It is made up of the ‘Seven Seas’ section of ‘Aja’ib al-makhluqat wa-ghara’ib al-mawjudat […]

24 December 2019Special Collections

December 23 – Monk Fish and Bishop Fish

Two wonderfully weird illustrations from Conrad Gesner’s Historiae animalium (1551-1558), are the bishop fish and the monk fish. The bishop fish or sea bishop, with its mitred head (which is […]

23 December 2019Special Collections

December 22 – Zoomorphic initials

Today, rather than featuring a specific fantastic beast, we are highlighting the gradual. The gradual or graduale was a music book used in liturgy for the choral parts of the […]

22 December 2019Special Collections

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