SPA Image Archive available on Flickr

The archive is currently digitising our collections and making them available online through Flickr.  The toolbar to the right of this blog shows the most recent additions to the online collection.  However, we now have over 400 images available through this site.  

 The bulk of this material comes from the  photograph collection of  the Scots Independent newspaper.   The Scots Independent was established in 1926 and its photo collection contains about 1500 different images. Most of its photographs come from the 1960s onwards, the period when the SNP came to prominence for the first time, and include images up to the present day.  The collection features prominent Nationalists like Alex Salmond, Winnie Ewing, Margo MacDonald, Gordon Wilson and Wendy Wood, as well as Scottish cultural figures like Hugh MacDiarmid and Iain Crichton Smith. There are also nationalist commemorations at Bannockburn and Elderslie, campaigns such as that over Gartcosh Steel works in the early 1980s and the return of the Stone of Destiny to Scotland in 1996.

We are keen for  help in identifying some of the people and events in the photos and would welcome any additional information either through commenting on Flickr or by contacting us at