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.

April 2020 day trip cancelled

Unfortunately, this trip it has had to be cancelled, as there were not enough takers to justify running it.

April 2020 Outing

Heart of Midlothian

Our first trip this year will be on Saturday 4th April and will visit two contrasting sites in Midlothian. Our first destination is Newbattle Abbey. The Abbey started life as a Cistercian monastery with links to Dunfermline Abbey, later became a stately home, and then an educational establishment. As parts of the building are still in use today as an adult education college, we will be given guided tours of the buildings and gardens, before enjoying a soup and sandwich lunch.

Next we move a couple of miles to The National Mining Museum of Scotland located at the former Lady Victoria Colliery at Newtongrange. Here, we will be free to explore this extensive site and the museum galleries. Audioguides are included and there is, of course, also a cafe.

The trip will leave from the Glen Car Park, Pittencrieff Street at 9:00 am and the cost will be £40 which covers transport, entry, tours and lunch at Newbattle and entry to the NMMS. Please note there will be no stop for High Tea on this trip and for insurance purposes, trips are now open to DHS members only. Please complete your booking forms and return them to the Treasurer by Saturday 29th February. Full details of payment are on your forms.

June Trip 2019

Cherry Allan has written a report of our visit to the Inverness area, based in Coylumbridge. “On a Wee Highland Daunder” describes this very enjoyable trip. The photos are courtesy of Cherry Allan and Robin Thompson.

June Trip 2018, Report

Our one night trip, from Sunday 3rd to Monday 4th June, to visit the Eastern Borders, based at the Ednam House Hotel, Kelso was a great success.

Cherry Allan has written a full report  –  “On A Wee Borders Raid“, with some photos taken by Robin Thompson.

Photo of Dryburgh Abbey

Dryburgh Abbey