We often receive new additions to the archive in the post. This leaflet arrived recently – it derives from around 1968 / 69 and discusses Scotland’s possible entry into the Common Market
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 after the referendum, whether they were voting Yes or No.
In May 2014 the Bus Party Listening Lugs tour went from Stromness to Stirling visiting 16 venues asking “What kind of Scotland do we want?” Artists included James Robertson, Karine Polwart, Billy Kay, Hamish Moore, Neal Ascherson and David Francis among others.
The Bus Party collection relating to 1997 and 2014 is now held within the SPA archive.
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” which sends an archivist to help work in a political archive. This week Sophie is working with SPA as part of this project undertaking cataloguing and digitization of our Scots Independent Collection.
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 Attlee’s Labour Party, over Winston Churchill’s Conservatives. Labour won its first majority government, and a mandate to implement its postwar reforms.
In Stirling Labour’s Alfred Balfour held the seat for Labour with 54% of the vote against the Conservative candidate J C L Anderson.
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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 Banner. They are a Pro-Independence organisation whose core aim is to
“march at regular intervals until Scotland is Free. We will host public processions in support of Scotland regaining Independence. Marching as All Under One Banner, we are open to everyone who desires to live in an independent nation.”
Organisers estimated that more than 100,000 people took part in the march through the capital in what was hailed as the “biggest and boldest” demonstration for independence in Scotland’s history.
As always if you have any photographs of political events please get in touch with us. email@example.com
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 1981 to 1984 he was Deputy Leader and Senior Vice Chairman of the party. He stood unsuccessfully in Dunfermline West at the 1983 general election and Perth and Kinross in 1987. He resigned from the SNP in 1990 over their ‘Independence in Europe’ policy.
We always welcome photographs of political campaigning. If you have any photographs please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 help!
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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, and the granting of tax-varying powers to such a body.
Overall 74.29% of the electorate voted yes to a Scottish Parliament and 63.48% voted that the Parliament should have tax-varying powers
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 to a protest / rally / event and would be willing to take photographs for us please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org