From the archives: Scots cultural centre needed, 18 July, 1950

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FURTHER reference was made at the Viking Congress to-day to Scottish studies carried out by foreign scholars, and the neglect of their own speech by Scots was described as shameful.

A hope was expressed that within the next few years it would be possible to establish in Scotland a central institute for the study of material relating to Scottish culture in all its aspects such as there was already in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Mr J. H. Delargy of the Irish Folklore Commission was applauded when he made the suggestion. He said in Scotland many people were deeply interested in their own districts and people from abroad were interested in folklore, place names and other aspects of Scottish culture. He was speaking during discussion of a lecture on “Taboo in Place Names” by Dr. Oscar Lundberg, a former librarian of Uppsala University, who gave instances from Scandinavia especially among fishermen and sailors.