Sir Walter Scott Exhibition Launch – online event

Sir Walter Scott Exhibition Launch – ‘From the Baskets of Travelling Pedlars’ to Abbotsford: Scott’s Lifelong Love of Popular Print

Tuesday 1 March, 6pm – 7.15pm, Online

Co-hosted by the Walter Scott Research Centre at the University of Aberdeen
and the Abbotsford Trust.

Produced by Professor Alison Lumsden, Regius Chair of English Literature at the University of Aberdeen, Co-director of the Walter Scott Research Centre & Honorary Librarian at Abbotsford, and Kirsty Archer-Thomson, Collections & Interpretation Manager at Abbotsford. They also teach a short course on Sir Walter Scott, available as a MOOC via FutureLearn

Sir Walter Scott had a lifelong interest in collecting chapbooks which were cheap, popular print items sold door-to-door or purchased from market stalls. A recent cataloguing project has revealed that his Library at Abbotsford contains thousands of these items. Their content ranges from political pamphlets to ghost stories and advice on how to find a good partner. This notable collection of chapbooks is significant in that they were cheaply printed and often did not survive very long.

This event will also be recorded and shared afterwards.

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Sir Walter Scott – 250th anniversary

Sir Walter Scott display opens tomorrow at NLS

A new display, Sir Walter Scott and the Historical Novel, opens at the National Library of Scotland tomorrow (Friday 12th November). This display celebrates Scott’s literary achievements and development of the historical novel, together with his contribution to Scotland’s national identity. Items on display include correspondence, engravings and original manuscripts, including ‘The Heart of Mid-Lothian’, considered by some to be one of Scott’s finest novels.

Sir Walter Scott is one of Scotland’s most important authors and this year marks the 250th anniversary of his birth. NLS holds significant collections of works relating to Scott, including first editions of his novels and the largest collection of Scott’s correspondence to be found anywhere in the world. NLS hope the Bring the Bards Home appeal will help to further grow their collection of Scott material, to include the manuscript of ‘Rob Roy’.

You can find out about other anniversary celebrations taking place during 2021-22 at: Sir Walter Scott 250