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Royal College of Science and Technology Staff Association records

  • GB 249 OL/1/1
  • Coleção
  • 1945 - 1958

Constitution, 1946; minutes of general meetings, 1945-1958; minutes of Council meetings, 1945-1958; information leaflet on Council activities, 1953-1954.

Royal College of Science and Technology Staff Association

University of Strathclyde Staff Club records

  • GB 249 OK 1/3
  • Coleção
  • 1964 - 2006

Constitution; general meeting and committee minutes; report on management policy; committee correspondence and papers; leaflets about the Club; newsletters; staff circulars; annual dinner and dance menus; concert programmes; notices of exhibitions; verses used in president’s address at annual dinner; Burns supper programmes and speeches; wine list; lunch talks programmes and reports; calendar of events.

University of Strathclyde Staff Club

Ludovic Kennedy papers

  • GB 249 KEN
  • Coleção
  • c. 1946 - 2009

Research for and drafts of two published works by Ludovic Kennedy - 'Ten Rillington Place' (published 1961) and 'The Trial of Stephen Ward' (published 1964) - and two unpublished works - 'Lieutenant' and 'Saying Goodbye to Big Daddy’.

The collection also includes correspondence between Kennedy and his typist and copy-editor, Eileen O'Neill, 1966-c.2009; two photographs of Kennedy and his family, c. 1960s; an auction catalogue for the sale of Piers Place, Old Amersham (Kennedy's home), 1965; newspaper cuttings about Kennedy, 2004-2009; Kennedy's cigarette case, c.1960s.

Kennedy, Ludovic Henry Coverley, 1919-2009, writer and broadcaster

John Stenlake papers

  • GB 249 OM/152
  • Coleção
  • 1950s - 2000s

Most of the collection comprises research notes and papers and article reprints arising from Professor Stenlake’s research into the design and synthesis of the drug atracurium besylate, the first short acting and readily reversible skeletal muscle relaxant for use in surgery. There are also papers relating to Stenlake’s teaching, lectures and administrative responsibilities as well as to his education and awards. There are also photographs of Stenlake and other University of Strathclyde staff.

Stenlake, John Bedford, 1919-2006, Professor of Pharmacy, Royal College of Science and Technology, Glasgow

University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy records

  • GB 249 OK/12
  • Coleção
  • 1965 - 2012

Many records relate to the establishment of the mixed denominational Chaplaincy Centre of the University of Strathclyde and the move to the St Paul's Building.

University of Strathclyde | Chaplaincy

Elizabeth Mitchell papers

  • GB 249 JCE/22/7/10
  • Coleção
  • 1964-1967

Jordanhill College of Education scarf; Jordanhill College of Education Needlework Department student workbook.

Mitchell, Elizabeth Stewart, b. 1946, student at Jordanhill College of Education, Glasgow

Asbestos-related diseases in the West of Scotland oral history project

  • GB 249 SOHC 4
  • Coleção
  • Original recordings, 1998-2000

27 interviews with sufferers from asbestos-related disease and/or members of their families. Sound recordings and transcripts (17), transcript only (10), or sound only (1). Also questionnaires.

Anonymity was assured to all project participants. Only Owen and Margaret Lilley (SOHC 4/14) opted out.

One recording had been mistakenly aggregated with this oral history project but was found not to relate to asbestos. As a result , there is no interview with the reference number SOHC 4/12.

McIvor, Arthur J., b. 1956, social historian

Coal miners and dust-related disease oral history project

  • GB 249 SOHC 6
  • Coleção
  • Original recordings, 2002, 2004-2005

Oral history project "Coal miners and dust-related disease" aimed to reconstruct the story of the human tragedy of coal miners' respiratory disease. It sought to "write the history of 'black spit' from its early discovery by Scottish physicians in the 19th century, through to the official recognition of coal workers' pneumoconiosis in 1942 and on to the campaigns to recognise bronchitis and emphysima as industrial diseases in the second half of the twentieth century that culminated in the landmark legal judgement in January 1998".

Of a reported number of 52 interviews undertaken, 27 survive as sound recording and transcript (14) or transcript only (13).

University of Strathclyde | Scottish Oral History Centre

M. J. Sanders papers

  • GB 249 SAND
  • Coleção
  • c.1958-1991

Documents the activities of the safety officer of a national environmental research laboratory in the late 1960s.

At the time, new regulations concerning asbestos were in the making. The Warren Spring Laboratory (WSL) was asked to look into their implications for working environments in Mintech (Ministry of Technology) establishments. The core of the M J Sanders papers consists of a series of minutes of meetings and draft reports, relating mainly to asbestos. The remainder is publications, with very occasional intercalations of correspondence.

Books and booklets found with the material have been transferred to the OEDA Library and can be identified through the University of Strathclyde Library catalogue.

Sanders, M.J., fl. 1960-1999, health and safety expert

W H Knight papers

  • GB 249 KNIG
  • Coleção
  • 1962-1994

Correspondence and papers relating to W H Knight’s claims arising from working conditions at Land Rover UK Ltd 1962-1981. Includes a blueprint and detailed colour photographs (with explanatory inscriptions) of test house 'R' at Land Rover UK Ltd, Meteor Works, Solihull (also drawings of apparatus), as well as colour photographs of typical protective equipment. Also extensive verbal descriptions of working conditions, fellow workers' statements in support, documentation of background research into health effects of fluorocarbons, legal correspondence (including occupational health and safety report, 1989), correspondence with Nancy Tait, and extensive press coverage on occupational and environmental health scares c.1980-1994. Further, a little personal correspondence and correspondence re Knight's service during World War II.

The material was in considerable disarray, with most of it loose and in no particular order, and inscribed folders that were empty. Where available, present arrangement of the archive is based on an extrapolation of how extant (empty) containers were labelled.

  • correspondence with SPAID, in particular Nancy Tait, 1983-1994
  • legal correspondence: with Robin Thompson & Partners, solicitors, Birmingham, 1982-1983; with Field Fisher Waterhouse, 1983-1989; with Nick Wikeley, 1985-1988
  • correspondence re social security 1981-1988
  • correspondence with Land Rover Ltd, 1983, and papers re work and working conditions (including 3 diaries 1965-1969), 1965-c.1981
  • visualisations of refrigeration arrangements at Land Rover Ltd
  • correspondence with unions, 1982-1986; with the media, 1982-1987; with MPs, 1983-1988
  • medical correspondence, 1981-1988, including an exchange with occupational health experts at Aston University 1981-1982
  • research into the health impact of fluorocarbons
  • press cuttings, c.1983-1991
    Also correspondence re service during World War II, 1982-1984, and some personal letters, 1985-1987.

Books found with the material have been transferred to the OEDA Library and can be identified through the library catalogue.

Occupational and Environmental Diseases Association

Conversations with workers at the former Linwood car plant

  • GB 249 SOHC 1
  • Coleção
  • Original recordings, 1981-1985

A series of interviews with former employees at the motor manufacturing complex at Linwood, Renfrewshire, 20km west of Glasgow, Scotland.

Manufacturing activity first started at Linwood during WWII, under the government's shadow factory scheme, specialising in steel processing and gun barrels, managed by the Glasgow engineering company Beardmore's. After the war, the Pressed Steel company began to manufacture railway carriages, tractors, and body parts for cars and trucks. In the early 1960s, after government pressure, the Rootes car group built a new factory at the site, commencing the full-scale production of new motor-car models, including the Hillman Imp and the Avenger, massively expanding the Linwood site. The Linwood site was taken over by the American Chrysler corporation in 1967, and was again taken over by the French company Peugeot-Citroen in 1979. Following a prolonged period of financial difficulties and industrial unrest, the Linwood plant was closed by Peugeot in 1981. During its operation, Linwood was the only full-scale motor-car production facility in Scotland, employing 8,500 workers at its peak, one of the largest single manufacturing sites in Scotland. The former factory has now been demolished.

This project was a research project undertaken by Clifford Lockyer, an economist based at the University of Strathclyde, in the early 1980s. Lockyer had previously worked at the Linwood car factory, and in his own words, "sought to record the life of the Linwood factory from shadow war factory to closure".

The interviews cover the life-span of the entire plant, including a few workers who worked at the site during WWII. The evolving nature of the site, describing the varied work of the 1950s, is featured, including the production of car parts for Vauxhall, Ford, Rolls Royce, as well as the production of railway carriages, mostly for export, with India a main destination. The most significant development at the plant - the sudden move into full-scale car production in the early 1960s, and the resulting dramatic transformation of the site - is also strongly represented in the material (this expansion is often referred to in the material as a difference between the "south site" and the "north site"). Finally, the tumultuous years of the 1970s are also featured, including the events leading up to the plant's closure in 1981. Interviews cover a wide range of jobs roles at the plant, including operators, foremen, management, and trade union officials. A key division of labour at the site was between those operators in the "tool shops", and those who worked on the car assembly line "track", and both sets of workers are represented.

The overall flow of the interviews centres around the topic of industrial relations, which was Lockyer's specialist research area. Management policies, and their effects, as well as the changes in ownership are discussed by many interviewees. Management relationships with the shopfloor are frequently mentioned. Trade union activity at the plant is heavily featured in the interviews, and some interviewees describe their roles as shop stewards. Various industrial disputes and their consequences are also relayed in detail, including the trajectory toward plant closure. A large number of different trade unions operated at Linwood, and some workers describe the interrelationships and tensions between them, as well as the organisational structures and main personalities of each union group. Many workers also discuss their own attitudes and interactions with trade unions.

The Linwood plant was largely non-unionised in the 1950s, which some workers discuss, including its impact on working life. A strike in 1948, which led to the banishment of unions, is touched upon by a few interviewees. The unionisation process of the late 1950s, resulting in the comprehensive unionisation of the entire workforce, is featured in the material, including the impact on working conditions and management relations.

The working conditions of the workplace and the everyday routines of a car factory are highlighted. Interviewees discuss their own daily routines and the organisation of their particular work section. Some interviews go into detail about payment arrangements, including the "piece" system, and bonuses. The introduction of a nightshift in the 1960s is also mentioned. Health and safety risks are very occasionally alluded to. Workers discuss their own attitudes towards their job, their frustrations and motivations, and how this changes over time. The interviews feature discussion on day-to-day problems and difficulties at the site, commenting on production and design problems, as well as quality control.

Since many interviewees worked at the Linwood plant for many years, interviewees often comment on the rise and fall of the Linwood plant over time, making allusions to the wider economic and business climate. Interviewees chart the dynamics of changing workforce morale, changing work practices and changing management attitudes over time, and try to pinpoint "where it all went wrong", reflecting on reasons for the gradual demise of the Linwood plant and the motor industry in Scotland.

Finally, a handful of interviews feature the topic of women in the Linwood workforce. Women were typically employed in a few roles at the site, but changes to this configuration are also mentioned. One interviewee discusses how many women labourers were employed at the site during WWII, undertaking roles vacated by men. Another interview discusses how - in the late 1970s - women were employed in significant numbers in jobs which previously were exclusively performed by men, including on the car assembly line "track". At least one interviewee is a former female worker, who reflects on the lack of union representation among female workers.

Lockyer, Clifford, b. 1946, economist

Dallas Carter papers

  • GB 249 OM/471
  • Coleção
  • 1999-2003

Records relating to Dallas Carter's undergraduate studies in Politics and Scottish Studies at the University of Strathclyde, including: lecture notebooks; essay submissions with tutors' mark sheets; examination papers; class handbooks.

Carter, Dallas Evelyn, b. 1951, student of the University of Strathclyde

Strathclyde collection

  • GB 249 SC Strathclyde
  • Coleção
  • 1799 to date

The Strathclyde collection comprises printed or published material by or about the University of Strathclyde and its staff. There are three components to the collection:

  • Strathclyde staff collection comprising publications by members of staff of the University, including monographs or other publications (except periodical articles) of which a member of staff is prominent as an author, compiler, editor, translator, illustrator, consultant, etc during their University employment.

  • Strathclyde official collection comprising publications of the University or its constituent organisations, including: official publications of the University as a whole; publications of departments and faculties; student, staff and graduate association publications.

  • Strathclyde serial collection comprising serial/journal publications, newspapers, newsletters and annuals of the University or its constituent organisations, including: official publications of the University as a whole; publications of departments and faculties; student, staff and graduate association publications.

University of Strathclyde | Library

Thomas O'Beirne papers

  • GB 249 OM/472
  • Coleção
  • 1934 - 1947

Correspondence relating to engineering qualifications; photograph of Royal Technical College students participating in the annual Student Charities Day; caricature drawing of Keith Speirs (known as 'Bindle'), Union Attendant at the Royal Technical College; copy of 'Uno Ygorra', the Glasgow Students' Charities Committee magazine.

O'Beirne, Thomas, 1910-1975, mechanical engineer

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