The National Piping Centre

The National Piping Centre's Library Project

The project involves the creation of an all-inclusive library dedicated to the Great Highland Bagpipe, and the research of never before documented oral history of the piping tradition over the last fifty years.

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Registered Charity in Scotland (SC020391)




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  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
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Our Library Project has two main aims. The first is to create an all-inclusive library dedicated to the music, history, and cultural heritage of the bagpipe. The library will be housed within the National Piping Centre and will include a comprehensive collection of bagpipe music, books, editorials, secondary resources, audio files, video recordings, photographic collections, and documented interviews. The library will greatly improve piping education and increase the opportunities for learning about the music, history, and heritage of the bagpipe to the widest possible audience. The second aim of the Library Project is to conserve the heritage of the bagpipe by collecting interviews from the current living legends that have shaped the piping tradition over the last fifty years. The interviews, recordings, and photographs acquired through the project’s research will be appropriately conserved and documented, made available online, showcased at the Glasgow International Piping Festival and venues around Scotland, and displayed in the new library facilities for everyone to access for the first time in the tradition’s history. The heritage of the bagpipe is of national importance to the UK, and of international importance as one of the most identifiable representations of Scottish culture. For an instrument so integral to Scotland's national identity, it remains self-evidently wanting that community memory and myth are still the most common methods of knowledge transfer for this national tradition. There is also a huge danger that critical oral accounts of the cultural history of the bagpipes will be lost forever if not preserved and documented immediately. The piping community has already grieved the loss of many of its legends, and is watching as we loose more of the most prominent figures in our tradition’s history every year. There is no one at present taking action on this issue, and it is Scotland as a nation which will suffer. The need to preserve our heritage is now urgent. If you are looking to support Scottish music, history, culture, or heritage, then this should be a project of critical importance to you. Project costs include money for library equipment, furniture, computer hardware and multimedia, the cost of travel and cover for volunteers conducting interviews, the cost of print and display of photographs collected through the project, and the salary for a Project Manager. This is a capital project; without donor support, this project simply won’t happen. We need your help!