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20 years today since the Scottish devolution referendum

The 1997 referendum came shortly after the 1997 General Election, which saw a landslide victory for New Labour. In power, Labour quickly passed the Referendum (Scotland and Wales) Bill. The holding of a referendum on the establishment of a Scottish Parliament was not Labour policy until June 1996 and was not well received by those […]

Bus Party People 1997

Tracking down everyone associated with the Bus Party from either 1997 or 2014 is a challenge. And it’s one you can help us with  – we know who most of the people are in this photo:  we can identify from left to right Danus Skene (who drove the bus), Neal Ascherson, Will Storrar (standing tall […]

Bus Party exhibition on display in West Dunbarton

A very enjoyable day was spent yesterday installing the Bus Party exhibition in four libraries in West Dunbarton who had hosted Bus Party events in 2014.  We started in Alexandria, moved on to Dumbarton, then Dalmuir and finally Clydebank. The Bus Party visited these venues over two days in May 2014 and musicians and writers […]

Please help us to collect photographs and leaflets of the General Election camp

As well as collecting leaflets for the General Election we are taking photographs to document campaign activity.  These posters for the Local Council Elections were spotted gardens in Dalry, North Ayrshire. If you spot any campaign posters please take a photograph and email it to scottishpoliticalarchive@stir.ac.uk Please remember to also keep the leaflets that you get […]

Please help SPA to collect General Election Leaflets

With a new General Election upon us the Political Archive are as usual collecting election leaflets to document the campaign messages of the individual political parties all around Scotland.  However, we need your help to collect leaflets from as many of the 59 constituencies as possible. If you are willing to collect the leaflets that you […]

LSE launch Brexit Collections

The British Library and LSE worked together to collect campaigning leaflets distributed during last year’s referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the EU.   These have now been digitised and are available open access online https://digital.library.lse.ac.uk/collections/brexit/2016  . They also digitised theirr 1975 common market referendum collection at the same time https://digital.library.lse.ac.uk/collections/brexit/1975 The Political Archive also have collections […]

Political Campaigning The Bus Party Way

We’ve all been subject to political campaigning at elections and referendums in one way or another and have some preconception of what it involves. Yet campaigns have seen significant developments and innovations that have changed the nature of campaigning and its reach into our lives. In the UK, the franchise extensions of the 19th and […]

Installation of the Bus Party Exhibition at Lochgelly

A very happy day was spent today installing the Bus Party exhibition at the Lochgelly Centre.  The archive are particularly pleased to be exhibiting at the Centre as it is such a hub for the local community boasting a cafe, theatre, art studios and the local library. The exhibition is on display in the lobby of the […]

Finding the Bus Party 2014

  How did we find out about the Bus Party 2014? Partly by luck, partly by paying close attention to what was going on around us. We’d been busy collecting referendum material for over a year and, as active collectors, we were always on the lookout for something distinctive to help to convey the tone […]