A new exhibition, ‘Family Portrait: The Scots Italians 1890 – 1940’, will run until the end of January at National Records of Scotland, created in partnership with the Consulate General of Italy in Scotland. The exhibition features a hidden archive of Italians living in Scotland in the years before the Second World War.
The unique census of many of the Italians living in Scotland in the 1930s opens a window into the family life and businesses of generations of people who had migrated to Scotland from rural Italy. They adapted and thrived as shopkeepers and café proprietors, mosaic workers and hairdressers, carpenters and cobblers.
Come face to face with the Scots Italians, and discover documents, photographs and objects loaned by descendants of the people who feature in the 1930s census, as well as contemporary photographs by Lorenzo Colantoni.
‘Family Portrait: The Scots Italians 1890 – 1940’ will be on show at General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh, from 3 December 2015 until 29 January 2016 (closed 25 & 28 December, 1 & 4 January), free entry.
The highly respected author and academic Terri Colpi has written a book which accompanies both the exhibition and the 1933 Census of Italians in Scotland. The Title of the book is "Italians' Count in Scotland: The 1933 Census, Recording History".
The book will provide a fascinating insight into the lives of so many Italian families in pre-war Scotland and readers are likely to come across well-known names in the history of the Scots Italian community – a a perfect Christmas or post-Christmas gift!
The Consul General of Italy is pleased to invite you to a special commemorative concert that will take place at St Andrew's Cathedral, 196 Clyde Street- on the Festa dell’Immacolata, 8th December 2015, at 7.00 pm.
Two young and acclaimed musicians from Italy - Simone Rugani, piano e Daniele Sabatini, violin - will delight us with an hour-long delightful musical programme.
No booking or tickets required; just spread the word and come along!
Advance notice. Book now!
The annual ItalianScotland Befana Party will take place on Sunday January 3 from 1-5pm. This is always a massively popular event. Tickets cost £6 and include a good age appropriate gift for each child from La Befana. Ticket price also covers a glass of bubbly and buffet for adults and children.
The event will be held in Pollokshields Burgh Hall, Glencairn Drive, Glasgow.
Closing date for bookings is December 7.
To book please download form here [form instantly opens in Word format at bottom of screen]and send a cheque for £6 per adult and £6 per child to:
Italian Scotland SCIO,
Cosmo Ceramics,515 Lawmoor Street
Dixons Blazes Industrial Estate
Please include with cheque a note to give child's name and age (to allow the purchase of appropriate gift). For the avoidance of doubt, both the form and cheque should be sent, together, to the above address.
Rinaldo De Marco - R.I.P.
On Friday 14th August, Rinaldo De Marco passed away peacefully in hospital, aged 93. Rinaldo was born in Picinisco (FR) in 1922. He was called up for war duty when he was only 18 and spent 4 years during wartime in Germany as a prisoner of war.
When he returned he married Maria and they had three children, Adriano, Germano & Nadia. While living in Picinisco he was a member of the executive council. He moved to Newport in Wales in 1961 and then to Glasgow in 1970 where he set up and ran the family business. He lived most of his life in Glasgow but regularly returned to Italy and always spoke fondly of his time in Wales.
Flights to Italy
Some people have asked about flights between Scotland and Italy over the summer months. Here is a complete guide.
- Glasgow to Rome (Fiumicino) and return - From April to October 2015. Flights are on Thursdays and Sundays.
- Edinburgh to Venice (Marco Polo) and return – From April to October 2015 as follows:
- In April and May flights are Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays.
- In June, July, August and September flights are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
- In the month of October flights reduce to Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays.
- Edinburgh to Verona and return
- From Sat 24 January to Sat 11 April 2015 – flights are Saturday
- From Wed 13 May to Wed, 30 Sept – flights are Wednesdays
- Glasgow Prestwick to Rome Ciampino and return – from 31 March until 24 October 2015 – flights are Tuesdays and Saturdays
- Glasgow Prestwick to Pisa and return – from 4 June until 27 Sept 2015 – flights are Thursdays and Sundays
- Edinburgh to Rome Ciampino and return
- January and February 2015 – flights are Wednesdays, Saturdays and Mondays.
- From March 2015 – Wednesdays, Saturdays and Mondays (plus Sun 1 March and Sun 29 March)
- From April to 23 October – flights are Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays.
- Edinburgh to Pisa and return
- From 31 March until 30 June 2015 – flights are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
- For month of July – flights are Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
- From August until 24 October – flights are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Thomson Flights (Chartered)
- Glasgow to Naples and return – flights from 27 March until 30 October are on Fridays.
- Edinburgh to Naples and return – flights from 29 March until 18 October – flights are Sundays and Wednesdays
- Edinburgh to Milan Malpensa and return – flights from 29 January until 24 October 2015 – flights are daily (with the exception of 3, 4 and 10 Feb).
Good news for lovers of all things Italian! The Italian Library (with books and DVDs) which was formerly housed in the Single End Rsetaurant is now reopened in Strathclyde University. With around 500 titles there is something for everyone, including many beginner's language guides.The Biblioteca Italiana will be based just 5 minutes from George Square in Room GH223B - Graham Hills Building - 40 George Street - Glasgow.
It will be open every day from 9am to 4pm.
Do pop along and check it out. More information from Giuseppe Riato at email@example.com
ItalianScotland on Social media
In the era of Facebook and Twitter it makes sense to keep in touch via social media. Our Italian Scotland Facebook page is updated almost daily with news and events or interest to members and friends of the Scots Italian Community.
Just look up ItalianScotland on Facebook and click “like”.
We are now into the third year of our Facebook presence. It has almost 1500 signed up followers. Posts can reach 6000 people in less than 24 hours! Our Facebook page engagement has shown a more than 200 per cent increase on last year, which shows the importance of us using social media to communicate.
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