So the material from the Tiree Project, for example, is also in the archives. And in addition then as we moved from being, in the 1950s and through most of the 1960s, essentially a research institute and a collecting focus base with the archives very much at the heart. We then diversified, in the way that a university department would, into undergraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision. And from that point our students were also involved as collectors and as contributors to the archive, and that again brought new dimensions into the collections and the way in which they were collected and new topics. Many of our students themselves were from urban rather than rural backgrounds and using the good Swedish principle of digging where you stand, you know, they’d be encouraged to undertake collecting in their own family context or their own local context. And so that began to bring more urban material and industrial material and so on into the collections. And of course we’ve also been a focus for donations and important collections from the Scottish Working People’s History Trust, for example, and others have brought bodies of material with a particular focus on working lives and so on into the archives.

  • Margaret Mackay
Thursday 17th June 2010