If you have a morbid curiosity about death there is a small display outside the Reading Room in the Library's George IV Bridge Building.
For this display I have collected a variety of Official Publications relating to death customs and the hidden practices of death certification, forensic anthropology and NHS mortuary work.
These items also chart the shift in cultural and social attitudes to death from ancient times to the present day.
You can find out more about these changes and the items themselves in my two part 'Morbid Curiosity' podcast:
'Morbid Curiosity: death in Official Publications' is on show at George IV Bridge, outside the main reading room until 31st July.
'Morbid Curiosity,' a short film, will be available on the NLS website soon.
Official Publications in the National Library of Scotland
Welcome to our blog! We're the Official Publications Unit of the National Library of Scotland and we have over 2 million government and government-related publications. You can find out more about who we are and what's in our collections on our web pages. Meantime, check our blog regularly for posts by our staff on the latest publications, news, events, or anything we find interesting - you may be surprised!