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Thursday 23 February 2017

News: Famous Scots visit exhibition

On Wednesday 15 April, Sir James Black, OM, the Nobel Prize-winning pharmacologist, dropped into the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh to view his own family history. Sir James is the subject of the second in our series of exhibitions on the theme of ancestry entitled 'Famous Scots', which is running throughout Homecoming Scotland 2009.

By coincidence Billy Connolly, CBE, our first subject, chose the same day to pay us a visit and we were delighted that the two Famous Scots could meet up. Although Billy's section is now finished we were able to show him many of the original documents that we used in the exhibition.

Billy Connolly and Sir James Black share a joke at the 'Famous Scots' exhibition in the ScotlandsPeople Centre, Edinburgh. Photograph by Rob McDougall.

Using different means, Billy and Sir James have dedicated their careers to making people feel better, and it was great to see Billy's 'laughter therapy' having full effect on the eminent scientist.

You too can come and visit us and find out about Sir James Black's roots in coalmining and education until Friday 22 May. The exhibition is open from Monday to Friday, 09:00 – 16:30. For more information about the 'Famous Scots' exhibition, including details of special evening opening dates, visit the ScotlandsPeople hub website. The link can be found under 'Other websites' on the left-hand side of this page.


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