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December 2 – The Unicorn

As the first University in Scotland, we thought it would be fitting to start the St Andrews Library’s Special Collections advent calendar with the most quintessentially Scottish of fantastic beasts […]

2 December 2019Special Collections

Advent Calendar 2019 – Fantastic Beasts

Last year we brought you an advent calendar of Christmas and winter themed images from our collections. For 2019, we have decided to do something a little different for the […]

1 December 2019Special Collections

‘The teaching of politics at the University of St Andrews, 1600-1650’

In the final report by our 2019 visiting scholars, Karie Schultz reflects on her time at St Andrews. Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to spend two weeks at […]

29 November 2019Special Collections

Letters from a Jewish patient in the ‘German house’ in Agra in 1930s Switzerland

Ines Neffgen from Bonn spent last year in St Andrews as part of her PhD programme, working with Professor Frank Müller. She asked to volunteer in Special Collections whilst in […]

19 November 2019Special Collections

“There dwells some wish in every heart”: the friendship between James David Forbes and Sir George Biddell Airy

One of our 2019 Visiting Scholars, Daniel Belteki of the University of Kent, shares with us some of his research into James David Forbes and his astronomical connections.   James David […]

13 November 2019Special Collections

‘Alhallow Evin’ in Scotland

The appearance of carved pumpkins (or turnips in Scotland), spooky decorations and plentiful sweet treats marks the arrival of Halloween. In the Christian calendar, Halloween, or its many variants Hallowe’en, […]

31 October 2019Special Collections

St Andrews Then and Now: A Rephotography Project: Part V

This is the last instalment in a series of five blog posts featuring juxtapositions of early photographs of St Andrews, selected from the Special Collections Division of the University Library, with […]

30 October 2019Special Collections

St Andrews Then and Now: A Rephotography Project: Part IV

This is the fourth instalment in a series of five blog posts featuring juxtapositions of early photographs of St Andrews, selected from the Special Collections Division of the University Library, […]

23 October 2019Special Collections

New Stories about Old Cupar – A Fond Farewell

Well, this is my last post as Project Archivist on Hidden Burgh: Restoring Cupar’s place at the heart of Fife. It’s amazing how quickly the year has gone, but so […]

21 October 2019Special Collections

St Andrews Then and Now: A Rephotography Project: Part III

This is the third instalment in a series of five blog posts featuring close juxtapositions of early photographs of St Andrews selected from the Special Collections Division of the University […]

16 October 2019Special Collections

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