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Introducing this Course

Watch this video where Kirsty Archer-Thompson and Alison Lumsden introduce this course and explain what will be studied on it.
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[TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH MUSIC PLAYING]
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ALISON LUMSDEN: Welcome to this short course on Walter Scott. I’m Alison Lumsden, director of the Walter Scott Research Centre at the University of Aberdeen, and honorary librarian here at Abbotsford, Scott’s wonderful home in the Scottish Borders.
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KIRSTY ARCHER-THOMPSON: And I’m Kirsty Archer-Thompson, collections manager here at Abbotsford. As we look around this room, surrounded by over 9,000 books, we’re reminded that, above all else, Scott’s legacy is as a writer of historical fiction and of poetry. But we’re also surrounded by many of the objects that he collected and that he used creatively and imaginatively as springboards for his fiction. And we’re going to be exploring the relationship between collecting and storytelling later on in the course. Today, though, we’d like to introduce you to Walter Scott. And to find out what you might know about him already. You might very well be surprised.
Welcome to this course. We hope you are as excited as we are to be here!
Please watch the video above, then go to next step, Introducing Ourselves, to introduce yourself to and find out more about your fellow learners.

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