We have spent time over the last few months beginning to list the donated papers of Canon Kenyon Wright. Canon Kenyon Wright is best known as the Executive Chair of the Scottish Constitutional Convention which planned for Scotland’s Parliament, which came into being in 1999. Often referred to, by the media, as the ‘Godfather of Devolution’, he was made a CBE ‘for services to constitutional reform and Scottish Devolution’.
Going through the boxes we have discovered that the papers contain a wealth of important material drawn from all stages of his working life which will complement and enhance our existing collections. Included amongst the material are papers relating to the People and the Parliament project.
People & Parliament was an independent project set up in 1997 on the eve of devolution and chaired by Kenyon Wright. In 1998 they distributed 28,000 leaflets inviting people from all over Scotland to share their vision of what Scotland’s future should be like. The project asked people to form groups to discuss three issues:
- We are a people who….
- By the year 2020 we would like to see a Scotland in which…..
- We therefore expect our parliament to work with people in ways which……..
In 1999 the Project reported back their findings and the archive includes correspondence, minutes, handwritten notes and papers relating to the project. These papers are still in cataloguing but we hope they will be available to interested researchers soon.