27 June 2011
A major Scottish folklore website has been formally launched at a conference in Edinburgh.
The Carmichael Watson project has digitised a special collection in Edinburgh University Library, of the papers from the pioneering folklorist Alexander Carmichael (1832-1912). The foremost collection of its kind, the contents represent a treasure-chest of stories, songs, customs, and beliefs from the Gaelic-speaking areas of Scotland.
A conference celebrating Carmichael's work marked the completion of the most recent phase of the project and formal launch of the website.
A keynote speaker was Peter Burnhill, director of EDINA, who gave a presentation outlining EDINA's involvement.
EDINA designed and developed the website to showcase the papers and related materials, in liaison with the Centre for Research Collections (CRC) at the University of Edinburgh, and with project funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council.