SNP Scottish Election Leaflet, 2003

Accession Number: spa.209.1 (reverse of spa.209.1)

Election communication from John Swinney in support of SNP candidates in Mid Scotland and Fife in the 2003 Scottish Elections. Leaflet entitled ‘Time’s up’ shows a picture of Jack McConnell, the then Scottish First Minister. For biographical information about Jack McConnell www.jackmcconnell.org/about-2/

John Swinney joined the SNP in the early 1980s and was the secretary of the Young Scottish Nationalists. He served in a number of posts within the SNP such as National Secretary, Vice-Convenor for Publicity. Deputy Leader and then Leader from 2000-2004. He was elected MP for Tayside North in 1997 before becoming MSP for the same constituency in 1999. He served as Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Development in the SNP minority government 2007-2011.

For biographical information about John Swinney johnswinneymsp.com/

The Scottish Political Archive is housed at the University of Stirling. The archive is home to the oral interviews, personal papers and associated material from prominent Scottish politicians. For further information about the work of the archive please visit our website www.scottishpoliticalarchive.org.uk

SPA Features

We had a couple of things published in newspapers/magazines earlier and now have another couple of items – both in colour. One in Independence magazine, which features the different SNP leaders in the Scots Independent photo archive, as well as a piece in the TACIT newsletter which focuses on SPA’s work in general and includes a youthful photo of Gordon Brown from 1979 (meaning after his long hair period).

The TACIT piece is at www.edinburghlibrariesagency.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/TACIT-2011-March.pdf

Election Maps

This website might be of interest.  Election maps is provided by Ordnance Survey and allows users to check the electoral boundaries for their area by election type.  Users can search for Local Authority, European Region, Scottish or Westminster Parliament constituencies.  Alternatively The Boundary Commission for Scotland provides information about parliamentary boundaries in Scotland.
These links and other useful websites are available through our delicious site

Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond take part in march through Stirling town centre

Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond take part in march through Stirling town centre, originally uploaded by Scottish Political Archive.

Accession Number: spa.si.153

Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond take part in march through Stirling town centre for Bannockburn Rally. This photograph is dated August 1997.

For biographical information about Nicola Sturgeon http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msp/membersPages/nicola_sturgeon/index.htm

For biographical information about Alex Salmond http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/MSP/MembersPages/alex_salmond/index.htm

This picture forms part of the Scots Independent donation to the Scottish Political Archive. The Scots Independent is a monthly Nationalist newspaper. The paper was founded in 1926 and is the longest surviving political newspaper in Scotland in the twentieth century. For further information about the Scots Independent please visit their website at www.scotsindependent.org

Can you help identify this picture?

This photograph shows a boy wearing SNP campaign badges. These include messages such as “Scotland’s youth fights back”, “Save our Education System” and “Scotland’s Oil”. The image is undated but it is thought to be post 1972.

We are keen to add as much detail to our photographic archive as possible. If you can identify the boy featured in this photograph or are interested in donating photographs or other ephemeral material to the archive please contact us at scottishpoliticalarchive@stir.ac.uk

This picture forms part of the Scots Independent donation to the Scottish Political Archive. The Scots Independent is a monthly Nationalist newspaper. The paper was founded in 1926 and is the longest surviving political newspaper in Scotland in the twentieth century. For further information about the Scots Independent please visit their website at www.scotsindependent.org

Jim Mather on the campaign trail during the 2000 Ayr by-election

Accession Number: spa.si.224

This image relates to the Ayr 2000 by-election where Jim Mather stood as the SNP candidate for Holyrood.

Jim Mather is currently MSP for Argyll and Bute. For biographical information about Jim Mather http://www.scotland.gov.uk/About/14944/Scottish-Cabinet/jimmathermsp

This picture forms part of the Scots Independent donation to the Scottish Political Archive. The Scots Independent is a monthly Nationalist newspaper. The paper was founded in 1926 and is the longest surviving political newspaper in Scotland in the twentieth century. For further information about the Scots Independent please visit their website at www.scotsindependent.org

Postcard of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, c.1908

Accession Number: spa.95

Postcard issued on the death of Henry Campbell-Bannerman in 1908.
Henry Campbell Bannerman was the Liberal MP for Stirling between 1868 and 1908. He was also Leader of the Liberal Party from 1899 and Prime Minister from 1905 until his death in 1908. Despite Campbell-Bannerman being a Scottish MP the postcard is interestingly entitled “One of England’s Greatest Statesmen”

For further biographical information www.number10.gov.uk/history-and-tour/prime-ministers-in-h…

We’re appearing in print!

Though most of the work of SPA has been online so far, we’ve just had a couple of articles published at the turn of the year. The SPA project and some photographs are featured in the new edition of History Scotland magazine (in glorious colour indeed), whilst we also have a piece in the new edition of the Scots Independent newspaper, which discusses the evolution of the SNP’s logo in words and photos that we sourced from the Scots Independent photo collection.

New donation to the archive

spa.44.1, originally uploaded by Scottish Political Archive.

Accession Number: spa.44.1

Leaflet published by ‘Yes for Scotland’ in 1979 to encourage people to vote yes in the March 1979 Referendum.

This leaflet is part of a new donation to the Scottish Political Archive. The archive is actively collecting material and would welcome donations on a wide variety of topics. However, we are particularly keen to receive material like this relating to the devolution referendums of ’79 and ’97. For further information about the type of material we are interested in collecting please comment here, contact us by email at scottishpoliticalarchive@stir.ac.uk or by telephone on (01786) 467964.

Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches

The new musical/story archive from the BBC, School of Scottish Studies, etc., has some political songs of interest to the SPA project – as they involve some of the political activists featured in the Scots Independent photo collection. This link should take you straight to a song about Wendy Wood http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/en/fullrecord/58019/3