Thursday, 1 September 2011

Scottish Working People's History exhibition

The National Library of Scotland is hosting a Treasures display entitled Scottish Working People's History

From the NLS website:

2 September to 31 October

Items relating to working people in Scotland feature in the National Library of Scotland's Treasures display this autumn.

Exhibits tell the story of Scottish working people's efforts to improve work and social conditions in Scotland and beyond. They include:

Poster for National
Council of Labour
Full colleges poster
Original letters
Minute books
Printed items.
Unrivalled collection

The collection of archival sources at NLS that cover working people's history is unrivalled.

A significant amount of this material has been donated or deposited through two organisations:

* The Scottish Labour History Society
* The Scottish Working People’s History Trust, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Amongst the items of display will be a membership card of the Edinburgh Journeymen Bookbinders' Society (an early Scottish trade union from 1822), the original deed establishing the Fenwick Weavers Society from Ayrshire in 1761, and the 1915 desk diary of James Keir Hardie, one of the founders of the Independent Labour Party and chairman of the Labour Party.

Further information at

(With thanks to the NLS)


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