Welcome to SELCIE!

Welcome to the blog of the Scotland’s Early Literature for Children Initiative! SELCIE is a project that aims to explore the forgotten history of Scotland’s literature for children.

Our current work is in conjunction with Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood, which has the UK’s largest collection of childhood associated objects. Within these collections are some 11,000 books that members of SELCIE are helping to catalogue.

The City Chambers

Our meeting point outside the City Chambers

Every week, our team head down into the Museum’s stores in the City Chambers to sort through the boxes of books housed there.

The store in the City Chambers

Morgan working in the Museum of Childhood’s store in the City Chambers

The collection is full of hidden treasures and every week we find special items that bring us closer to the children of Scotland’s past. From funny doodles to touching inscriptions, we never fail to find beautiful reminders of the ups and downs of childhood during our visits.

A special find

One of our special finds: a book that has been hand-painted by its owner

Please join us on our journey to make these objects more accessible to the public! On the right, you can sign up to our newsletter, which will let you know when we make our fortnightly post. You can also follow us weekly on Twitter here!  We hope you will enjoy the special items we find as much as we do.

 

This post written by Danielle