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Steel engraving by F. Bacon, University of Edinburgh

Archive Horror Stories

Release Date: Halloween

We’re getting spooky this Halloween and sharing some of the scariest things that we can think of! We have taken inspiration from some fantastic blogs written by Scottish archives and discovered some of the items that haunt Archivists and Conservators darkest dreams.

V0040794 Credit: Wellcome Library, London

Freak out over rusty metal fasteners on the University of Stirling Archives blog and over on the Lothian Health Services Archive blog.

Panic at pests on the University of Edinburgh Conservation blog (the brave can get a closer look and learn about a new management plan).

The devastation of dastardly data loss wreaks its terrible revenge (but there is friendly support available at the DPC Fail Club).

Casting our net, a little wider than Scotland, we read a terrible tale of anonymously donated items preventing their inclusion in collections and our understanding of the relevance and provenance of the item over on the Museum of Science and Industry blog.

We are sure you will scream at the sticky situation over on the National Library of Scotland blog.

For those among you who love a horror story, we also recommend the terrifying story of the Monster Book or the tale of the Birds Nest Manuscript over on the National Records of Scotland blog.