1945 General Election leaflets

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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New addition to the archive

We are always keen to get new campaign material and picked this leaflet up at a Scottish Socialist Party campaign stall in October.

Scottish Socialist Party Living Wage leaflet, October 2018

Scottish March for Independence photographs

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.

Edinburgh March for Independence, October 2018

As always if you have any photographs of political events please get in touch with us. scottishpoliticalarchive@stir.ac.uk

New photographs added to the archive

This photograph of 1970s campaigning has just been added to the collection.

SNP campaigning in Dundee West, 1974

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 scottishpoliticalarchive@stir.ac.uk

Can you help us date this sticker?

Only a Fool likes London Rule Sticker, undated

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!

If you know what date and campaign it refers to please email scottishpoliticalarchive@stir.ac.uk

21 years ago today Scotland voted on whether there should be a Scottish Parliament

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.

CSP leaflet detailing referendum result, 1997

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


Archive photographers needed

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.

Glasgow Protest against Trump Visit, July 2018

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 scottishpoliticalarchive@stir.ac.uk

Photographing at the Stirling March for Independence

All Under One Banner March for Independence, June 2018

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 by All Under One Banner, 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”.

All the photographs we took on the day are available on our Flickr site

New Addition to the Archive: Coventry ’80 Commemorative Cover

Coventry '80 Commemorative Cover


Coventry ’80 was an event organised by the citizens of Coventry to commemorate the blitz of the city on 14th November 1940.

Pride in our Past, Faith in Our Future aimed to remember the city’s destruction with sorrow for the losses and thankfulness for its resurrection but also to look to the future with realistic hope. This commemorative cover depicts the east end of the ruins of the old Cathedral which was destroyes on 14th November 1940, with the ‘south’ side of the Cathedral built alongside and consecrated in 1962.

This cover is held within the Kenyon Wright collection. Kenyon Wright was appointed Director of Urban Ministry at Coventry Cathedral in 1970 and then in 1974 was promoted to Canon Residentiary at the Cathedral and Director of its International Ministry. In 1980 he returned to Scotland as General Secretary of Scottish Council of Churches in Dunblane.

Active collecting at Processions 2018

We are always out and about collecting photographs and leaflets at current events.  Last weekend we were at Processions 2018.

Processions was a mass participation artwork to celebrate one hundred years of votes for women.
In 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave the first British women the right to vote and stand for public office. One hundred years on, Processions invited women and girls across the UK to come and mark this historic moment as part of a living portrait of women in the 21st century.

On Sunday 10th of June 2018 women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London walked together as part of this celebratory mass participation artwork. Wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffragette movement, Processions appeared as a flowing river of colour through the city streets.

In Edinburgh, Processions started at the Meadows, up over George IV Bridge and passed the columns of the Scottish National Gallery wrapped in the suffragette colours for the event. Processions finished at Holyrood Park.

Please visit our Flickr site and you can see all the photographs we took on the day