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Rear Admiral Sir George Cockburn, 1772-1853

22 October 2019

With Napoleon Bonaparte having surrendered to British forces following his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo it was decided to send him into exile once again, this time to the remote South Atlantic island of St Helena. Rear Admiral Sir George Cockburn was given the task of transporting the former Emperor to the island on board HMS Northumberland and the Caird Library and Archive holds an extract from his journal (RMG ID: COC/9) covering these events.

17 October 2019

Getting up ‘at the crack of dawn’ is not something enjoyed by many, but for some religions, dawn has a much larger significance. 

Cover of the personal journal written by Gilbert James Inglis

14 October 2019

October’s item of the month is a personal journal written by Gilbert James Inglis. He served as purser on board the convict ship Duchess of Northumberland and kept a diary on a voyage from London to Hobart, November 1852 to April 1853 (RMG ID: JOD/150)

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9 October 2019

The Moon and its light have inspired illustrations, paintings, and woodblock printings. Discover this connective force in art through the artworks of Turner, Rubens, Yoshitoshi and many more.

Night sky highlights - October 2019

28 September 2019

Discover what to see in the night sky during October 2019, including the Orionids meteor shower.

26 September 2019

Watch the three unique films produced by local volunteers aged 15-18 as part of this Summers Young Volunteers Film Project. 

Barlow's Journal (RMG ID: JOD/4)

23 September 2019

The Libraries Week 2019 theme is celebrating libraries in a digital world. To mark the occasion here at the Caird Library we thought it would be fitting to highlight some of the work we have done over the last few years in digitising parts of our collections and making them more accessible. 

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20 September 2019

This month we are shining a spotlight on the wonderful Palette Events who have worked with us for many years across our five venues and are consistent favourites of our clients. Palette are an established event management and catering company designing bespoke experiences for private and corporate clients alike.

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20 September 2019

Since bringing two Asian caterers onto our approved catering list earlier in 2019, we have seen a surge in enquiries for Asian weddings. With a portfolio of five unique, quirky venues, three of which have wedding licenses, as well as over 10,000 sqm of outdoor space set in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we were able to welcome these events with open arms.

The Battle of Quiberon Bay, 20 November 1759 by Nicholas Pocock

5 September 2019

The Caird Library’s display case has a new display showcasing some of the collection of personal papers of Admiral William Cornwallis.

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