Saturday 13 October to 30 November 2019
Friday 22nd November 3pm School of Scottish Studies, George Square
Illustrating the Oral Tradition” School of Scottish Studies Archives
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. 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, local dialects. Find out more about the archives on