IT was one of the most ambitious projects undertaken by the National Library of Scotland in recent years and now the acclaimed film Her Century is to have a unique premiere live in your own home.

Her Century: Scottish Women On Film is a collection of archive footage about women in 20th-century Scotland. A partnership with Film Hub Scotland, Her Century was touring cinemas throughout the country in the lead-up to lockdown and was scheduled to be the main attraction at the library’s George IV Bridge building over the summer. Now it will premiere on the Library’s YouTube channel at 5pm on Monday, July 20 and then be available to view online for two months only via a dedicated Her Century website.

Monday’s premiere will be introduced by the Library’s Dr Emily Munro, who curated the film. She said: “The films selected for this programme are as wide-ranging as their subject matter. They include educational and promotional material, amateur footage and propaganda.

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“The women represented here include crofters, campaigners, factory workers, psychologists, mothers, pilots and educators. Seen together, they show great variation in women’s roles over time.

“The last century was a time of rapid social change in which ‘a woman’s place’ was contested and redefined. I wanted to steer away from the ‘monumental’ moments of suffrage and the two world wars, drawing instead on the variety of ways in which ordinary women and girls have been represented on film, as scholars, workers, mothers and friends.”

Nicola Kettlewood, Film Hub Scotland manager, said: “After the success of the Her Century tour at our member venues and festivals across Scotland, we’re delighted to be working with Dr Emily Munro and the Library team to bring the film and the zine to new audiences online via the dedicated mini-site.

“The appetite for curated archive programming is very much alive in the digital space, and making Her Century accessible for free will help to continue the conversation, both within Scotland and further afield.”

Her Century features professional documentarians such as Sarah Erulkar, Budge Cooper and Jenny Gilbertson as well as amateur footage from Grace Williamson.