School of Scottish Studies Archives: Illustrating the Scottish Oral Tradition

Friday 22 November | 15-16:30

Edinburgh Adults Panel Event / Author Reading, Exhibition

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07516 997 000

The School of Scottish Studies was established in 1951 at the University of Edinburgh to collect, preserve, research and publish material relating to the cultural traditions and folklore of Scotland. Early fieldworkers included Calum Maclean, Frances Collinson and Hamish Henderson. The extensive collections, the core of which is the ethnological fieldwork undertaken by staff and students, comprise a sound archive with over 30,000 recordings (including donated collections), a photographic archive with thousands of images and a small manuscript archive. Collecting has focused on Scottish life, folklore and the traditional arts. The archives contain songs, stories, rhymes, verse, instrumental music and information from communities all over Scotland and the diaspora on seasonal customs, beliefs, work practices, crafts, domestic life, place names, sayings, proverbs and local dialects.

The session will include a presentation on the history of the School of Scottish Studies and its rich resources. This is the centennial year of the birth of Hamish Henderson, folklorist, poet, scholar, instrumental figure in the folk revival and inspiration to many. His work in the School provides a lasting legacy and there will be an opportunity to listen to his recordings.

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Venue information

School of Scottish Studies Archives

29 George Square


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