Carnegie Library Reading Room Visit

by Martin Tarr

At the DHS meeting last November, our speaker, Sharron McCall, had offered to give interested members a tour of the historical resources available at the Carnegie Library, and we were duly privileged to visit, in two groups, on 16th and 17th March.

Not only we were allowed to venture where the general public would fear to tread – in particular to the archive store that older members will remember as being the children’s library in the 1993 extension – but Sharron had taken considerable trouble to display, on tables in the Canmore Room, some of her favourites from the half-million items in the archive. There were gems from the Burns collection, some touching First World War memorabilia that even Jean Barclay(!) hadn’t seen – posters, maps, newspapers, photographs, and much more. We had to drag ourselves away with so much as yet unexamined in detail – seldom has two hours passed so quickly.

Grateful thanks to Sharron for her time and for the enthusiasm she showed when talking about the treasures that belong to all of us. You just have to know what to ask for to be allowed to see them (and even handle most of them), and Sharron and one of her Reading Room colleagues will usually be at hand to help you explore.

Volunteers Wanted

We have recently received a request from Scotland’s Churches Trust for volunteers to survey and record the contents of Church of Scotland churches which are scheduled for closure. If you are interested in finding out more about this project, please contact the Director, whose email address is at the foot of the attached poster.

January 2023 Meeting

19th Jan 2023 at 7:30 pm

This month, the Dunfermline Historical Society is holding a musical evening of Burns songs and other folk songs. We are delighted to have visiting us again John Blackwood and Kinrick as well as Fiona Forbes from Sangsters.

As usual we meet at the Abbey Church Halls in Abbey Park Place and all are welcome.

BALH 6th Newsletter

The British Association for Local History, of which the Dunfermline Historical Society is a member, has published the sixth edition of their online newsletter.

Access to the Census Data

DHS recently received a letter from Richard Rodger, Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh, pointing out the fact that although much census data has been digitised and made available on line, only an anonymised version, with names and addresses removed is available free. Full versions must be paid for. In his paper “Making the Census Count, Revealing Edinburgh 1760 to 1900” he makes the case for the free access, both for professional and local historians and for genealogists, and suggests what those with a specific interest could do to improve our access.

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