National Library sources
The National Library of Scotland has hundreds of resources available to consult on site in Edinburgh. You can find a list by using ‘Scottish Enlightenment’ as a search term on the Library’s homepage.
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Useful links for teachers
Scottish Enlightenment website produced by the Scottish Association of the Teachers of History for Education Scotland
Trees and the Scottish Enlightenment – a learning resource for teachers looking at the beginning of modern forestry produced by the Forestry Commission.
Moments in Time: The Scottish Enlightenment YouTube video produced for the Edinburgh Science Festival 2017
Useful links for general learners:
Recommended reading on the Scottish Enlightenment compiled by the University of St Andrews
The Scottish Enlightenment: An Anthology edited by Alexander Broadie published by Canongate
Joseph Black: Chemistry pioneer and star of the Scottish Enlightenment article in The National