The National Library of Scotland, in partnership with Film Hub Scotland premiered Her Century – a curated collection of archive film about women in 20th-century Scotland – on Monday 20 July via the NLS YouTube channel. Now, it is available to view online until 20 September via the link above.


Her Century toured cinemas throughout the country from September 2019, coordinated by Shona Thomson (A Kind of Seeing) and was scheduled to be the main attraction at the Library’s George IV Bridge building over the summer as part of a special exhibition.


Featuring work from Scottish female filmmakers including Sarah Erulkar, Brigid ‘Budge’ Cooper and Jenny Gilbertson, these rarely-seen films follow women’s histories through 100 years of filmmaking in Scotland. 


These films were screened together for the first time on the Her Century tour, which travelled to venues, cinemas and film festivals across Scotland. A zine featuring writing from Scotland-based writers and a special essay by archivist and programmer Rachel Pronger were comissioned to complement the programme.

The programme has been fully captioned for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences by Matchbox Cinesub

‘Nine Dalmuir West’ copyright BFI

‘Western Isles’ copyright British Council

‘Tomorrow is Yours’ shown by kind permission of Co-operative Group Ltd

‘Travelpass’ shown by kind permission of Highlands and Islands Enterprise

‘A Crofter’s Life in Shetland’ shown by kind permission of Ann Black

Her Century is supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network and funded by BFI and Screen Scotland. In partnership with the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive.

'Her Century' Creative Writing Workshop with Glasgow Women's Library and the National Library of Scotland 

Saturday 25th July, 10.30am - 12.30am, Online via Zoom

Booking via Eventbrite - click here to book.


The National Library of Scotland and Glasgow Women's Library are pleased to offer a free, online creative writing workshop in response to film clips in the Moving Image Archive. Suitable for folks who have never tried creative writing before and those who have, this workshop will use archive footage as prompts alongside creative writing exercises and tools to explore the theme of 'Her Century'. 


This workshop is for women only, inclusive of Trans, Intersex women, non-binary and gender fluid people.


About the Glasgow Women's Library 

Glasgow Women’s Library ( is unique. It is the only Accredited Museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, with a lending libraryarchive collections and innovative programmes of public events & learning opportunities. Follow us online via Twitter or Instagram @womenslibrary.  

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