ELISA visit to Lloyds Bank’s Archives – Thursday 8th November

Tomorrow, Thursday November 8th, at 2:00pm there is a visit to Lloyds Bank’s archives at Sighthill in Edinburgh. The Archivist at Lloyds’ will conduct a tour of the Bank’s archive stores.

The visit offers an opportunity to learn more about records management and enquiry handling within a private-sector organisation and compare this with the practice of, say, the National Records of Scotland, recently visited by ELISA.

This visit is open to all and will have a broad appeal to colleagues working in conservation and with local and family history records.
There are some tickets still available via Eventbrite 

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ELISA Library and archive visits – coming soon!

ELISA have two exciting visits coming up soon and tickets are available now.

On October 8th at 2:00pm there is a visit to Historic Environment Scotland.
This will include an introduction to HES’ work and its Archive and collections with the opportunity to ask questions about the Canmore database, Scran, PastMap and ScotlandsPlaces.
There will also be a tour of the Search Room at HES’ Archives and other points of interest in the building.
Tickets are available via Eventbrite 
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On November 8th there is a visit to Lloyds Bank’s archives at Sighthill in Edinburgh.
The Archivist at Lloyds’ will conduct a tour of the Bank’s archive stores.
The visit offers an opportunity to learn more about records management and enquiry handling within a private-sector organisation and compare this with the practice of, say, the National Records of Scotland, recently visited by ELISA.
This visit is open to all and will have a broad appeal to colleagues working in conservation and with local and family history records.
Tickets are available via Eventbrite 

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ELISA visit to St Cecilia’s Hall

Report by Judy Wheeler

On Wednesday 13th June, ELISA hosted a visit to St Cecilia’s Hall, in Edinburgh’s Cowgate. We were lucky enough to be given a guided tour of The Music Museum’s Collections by our very knowledgeable guide Sarah!

Entrance to the museum is from Niddry Street in the Cowgate – since undergoing a £6.5 million renovation, St Cecilia’s Hall and Music Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, and is free to visit: https://www.ed.ac.uk/visit/museums-galleries/st-cecilias

St Cecilia’s Hall itself is Scotland’s oldest purpose-built concert hall, built by the Edinburgh Musical Society in 1762. We heard a little of the hall’s history – it has been put to many different uses over the years, including a church, a Masonic Lodge, and a Dr Bell’s School, as well as a Cobbler’s and swing dance club to name a few. Luckily now it is a concert hall again, hosting a range of concerts and public events – and it is claimed that it is the only place in the world, it is claimed, that you can hear 18th-century music being played on 18th-century instruments in an 18th- century setting!

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The Music Museum houses the university’s collection of musical instruments from all over the world – a huge collection of 6000 instruments, with around 500 on display. We were treated to a tour of the keyboard instruments first of all – 36 in total, including harpsichords, virginals, spinets, clavichords and pianofortes – if you don’t know the difference, I would encourage you to visit the museum 🙂

Most of the early keyboard instruments were designed for domestic settings, to be played in the home – usually by ladies. Due to this, a lot of the time they needed to be on a fairly high stand, to make room for the skirts and corset of the musicians! The materials used also hinted at the social standing of the owner – instruments belonging to the middle classes would be less lavishly decorated, or made of materials that were cheaper at the time. The shape of some of the instruments was even designed so that the lady playing the keys could continue to flirt as she did so.

We also saw a Chamber organ dating from 1775 – the air had to be pumped manually through the instrument, so a ‘Blower’ was required to operate the pump – a tiring job.

We moved on to the rest of the collection – instruments on display included a Hurdy Gurdy  – a kind of mechanical violin where a wheel is turned to make the sound.
Can you spot it in this display case?
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The museum traces the development of the instruments, with early examples through to more modern instruments – below you can see from the recorder, wooden and ivory flutes – and even one made of crystal – through to the modern metal flute.

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I’d happily tell you more, but will let the pictures speak for themselves – I’d definitely recommend a visit and you can have a sneak preview on the website too: http://www.stcecilias.ed.ac.uk/

Report by Judy Wheeler
ELISA Training & Development Group

Visit report: The Library of Mistakes

The ELISA visit to the Library of Mistakes was interesting and informative.
The library is situated at 4a Wemyss Place Mews near Queen Street Gardens and the mysterious nature of the place is  enhanced by the entrance through an archway and up an old staircase.

Talk by the librarian Helen Williams.

https://www.libraryofmistakes.com/

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Library of Mistakes – Founding Donors and books

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ELISA visit to Boroughmuir High School

Another exciting Library visit organised by ELISA – this time it is a visit to the new Boroughmuir High School at Viewforth / Fountainbridge.  You may have seen the new building as you walk along the Union Canal.

Boroughmuir High School School moved to its brand new premises at Viewforth Edinburgh beside the Union Canal in February 2018. The state-of-the-art building now takes 1,165 pupils with the new facilities (including a roof-top social area and soundproof dance theatre) designed to make the most of a compact, inner-city site.

ELISA are invited on a tour of the Library on 8th June 2018 with Library Resource Centre Coordinator Fiona Aleksandrowicz. Fiona will discuss the planning of the move, its implementation, and show some of the Library’s resources and equipment as the service gets settled in the new space.

Tickets for the visit are available on Eventbrite 

 

ELISA Visit to the Library of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh – photos

The visit to the Botanics Library was very successful – informative and interesting.
Many thanks to Lorna Mitchell, Head of Library Services at RBGE.

Photos of the visit (thanks to Chiara Ciucani)

EDGE Conference 2017

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We are open for business … EDGE2017

EDGE is the premier development event for elected members, Chief Executives, Directors, Heads of Service, trustees, E-government and community professionals, library vendors, and others with an interest in libraries and information

EDGE2017 – Keeping libraries relevant in a changing world

Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd March 2017
The Radisson Blu, 80 High Street, Edinburgh

details and booking at: http://edgeconference.co.uk/

The Importance of EDGE

The Scottish Government believes it is vital that adequate library services are in place across Scotland. Libraries offer crucial support to help people help themselves – to support literacy, digital participation, learning, employability, health, culture and leisure. They can improve the quality of people’s lives and support them to engage in the democratic process.  We are fully aware of the commitment that local authorities have to maintaining good quality, innovative library services and the City of Edinburgh Council is at the forefront of this, having developed the EDGE conference as an opportunity to share good practice and discuss future developments.

Can you afford to miss it?

EDGE2017 Awards
EDGE2017 highlights and rewards good practice in innovative library and information projects which:

  • Show or sell benefits of library and information services to other sectors, organisations and communities
  • Demonstrate innovation and creativity
  • Increase participation

Libraries Rock, Libraries are alive!

It’s Libraries time to shine

EDGE2017 rewards excellence.

Apply now at: http://edgeconference.co.uk/awards/

The awards are open to global applications. Finalists will be offered 1 complimentary 2 day delegate & dinner place and one discounted 2 day delegate & dinner.

Closing date 3rd February 2017