William McIlvanney at the Bus Party, 1997 tour Accession Number: SPA.BP.19220.127.116.11.1 In 1997, William McIlvanney led a group of fellow artists on a bus tour round Scotland in the run up to the referendum on the Scottish Parliament. They were listening to local people’s views on the kind of Scotland they wanted to live in […]
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We are delighted that this week SPA is hosting the ‘Flying Archivist’ Sophie Bossaert. Sophie is from NISE, the Centre of expertise in National Movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe (NISE) and the Archives & Research Centre of the Flemish Movement (ADVN). In cooperation with EFA (European Free Alliance) they organise the project “Flying Archivist” […]
In the archive we quite often only collect material relating to the last 50 years. However, recently we received through the post these leaflets which relate to the 1945 election in the Stirling and Clackmannan (Western) constituency. The 1945 General Election was held on 5th July. The result was an unexpected landslide victory for Clement […]
We are always keen to get new campaign material and picked this leaflet up at a Scottish Socialist Party campaign stall in October.
SPA photographers were out taking photos at the 2018 Edinburgh March for Independence earlier this month. The march was held on Saturday 6th October 2018. Marchers met at Johnston Terrace and then marched down the Royal Mile before congregating at the Scottish Parliament and then Holyrood Park. The march was organised by All Under One […]
This photograph of 1970s campaigning has just been added to the collection. It shows an SNP campaigner’s car in Dundee West, at either the February or October 1974 General Election. Jim Fairlie stood as the SNP candidate for Dundee West in February 1974, October 1974 and 1979. In 1979, he became Vice Chairman for Policy. From […]
We regularly receive donations of political leaflets and campaign literature through the post; often without any context or additional information. This sheet of stickers was received anonymously in the post with other historical leaflets and pamphlets. We are keen to date and archive all material we have correctly but sometimes need a little bit of […]
Today marks 21 years since the 1997 devolution referendum and looking through the archive we came across this leaflet which detailed the result of the vote in different regions across Scotland. This leaflet was published by the Campaign for a Scottish Parliament who campaigned for a vote to support the establishment of a Scottish parliament, […]
The archive is always actively collecting photographs to document political life in Scotland. The photo below was taken in Glasgow a couple of weeks at the protest against Trump’s visit to Scotland. However, we can’t be everywhere and need your help to get an overall view of political campaigning in Scotland. If you are going […]
Working for the archive often means we are out and about documenting political activity in Scotland. On the 23rd June we went out on a very sunny day to photograph the March for Independence and alongside an estimated 8,000 marchers we walked the two miles from King’s Park in Stirling to Bannockburn. The march was organised […]