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Glasgow Novel collection

  • GB 249 SC Glasgow Novel
  • Collection
  • 1819-2011

Collection of fictional works in which the city of Glasgow is an integral element or theme. First editions are present where available. The collection offers researchers the opportunity to consider the variety of historical and literary approaches used to depict Glasgow.

University of Strathclyde | Library

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow

  • GB 249 OS/86/3/12
  • Item
  • c. 1993

Leaflet advertising the University's accommodation, activities and campus buildings, including maps and directions to the campus.

University of Strathclyde | Public Relations Service

Thomas O'Beirne papers

  • GB 249 OM/472
  • Collection
  • 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

Publication about Scottish Women's Oral History Project

  • GB 249 SOHC 20
  • File
  • c. 2004

The Scottish Women's Oral History Project was undertaken in Stirling, Scotland, between 1987 and 1990. The aim of the project was to record the lives of women in Scotland in the first half of the 20th century, including a specific objective to record the experiences of working-class women.

The project was established in December 1986 by the Women’s Committee of Stirling District Council. The impetus for the project was part of a wider promotion of women's interests, as well as a need to address a perceived lack of women's voices in the historical record. Sponsored by the Manpower Services Commission (MSC), the project set out to record the personal testimonies of local women living in the Stirlingshire area of Scotland about their life in the decades before the Second World War. Based in Spittal Street, Stirling, the project was coordinated by Jayne Stephenson, who, with a team of fellow interviewers, interviewed around 80 local women, between 1987 and 1990.

The testimonies cover all aspects of women’s experiences, from childhood to adulthood, through to the Second World War. The interviews are loosely structured into sections covering childhood, leisure, work, marriage, children, community and social class (the interview questions are based on the model questionnaire devised by Paul Thompson (1978)). The project explicitly aimed to cover a representative sample of female occupations, and the material contains recollections of a wide variety of occupational experience - including textile workers, waitresses and hotel staff, domestic servants, factory workers, teachers, nurses.

The publication contains written transcripts of 77 interviews (anonymised), together with an index and an introduction by Callum Brown.

Temporally, the material relates to women born in Scotland between 1894 and 1926, and the interviews cover the period up to World War II.

Geographically, the material covers the Stirlingshire and 'central belt' area of lowland Scotland, including extensive material on life in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

Campus Update

  • GB 249 OS/66/8
  • Item
  • 2017

Outlines several recently completed projects to transform the campus of the University of Strathclyde (the new Technology and Innovation Centre and the refurbishment of the Business School, John Anderson and James Weir buildings), plus upcoming campus investments (a new sports and health facility, a teaching and learning hub bringing together the former Architecture and Colville buildings, refurbishment of the Wolfson building, and the installation of a state-of-the-art district energy system for the campus, including a combined heat and power engine).

University of Strathclyde | Media and Corporate Communications

Men's work in heavy industries in Glasgow oral history project

  • GB 249 SOHC 8
  • Collection
  • Original recordings, 2005

Conversations between Neil Rafeek and two men who spent their working lives as laggers in the Clydeside heavy industries. Topics covered include childhood and growing up in Glasgow, the Clydebank blitz, housing, domestic life, social life, football, sectarianism, gang culture, National Service, working conditions, trade unions, health and safety, asbestos.

Includes notes and draft publications relating to a project about the working culture and notions of masculinity in Clydeside heavy industries.

University of Strathclyde | Scottish Oral History Centre

University of Strathclyde Housing for Glasgow Trust Limited records

  • GB 249 ON/1
  • Collection
  • 1967 - 1973

Papers of initial meetings to set up Trust, 1967; minutes and papers, 1968-1971; correspondence, 1971-1972; financial records, 1967-1973; papers for Glasgow Corporation's House Improvement and Rehabilitation conference held at City Hall, 8 February 1971; circulars on housing trusts including Christian Aid (Glasgow) Housing Association Limited, 1967.

University of Strathclyde Housing for Glasgow Trust Limited

Interviews with George Wyllie for the National Life Stories project, Artists' Lives

  • GB 249 GW
  • Collection
  • 2003 - 2004

Recordings and full transcripts of 6 interviews conducted with Wyllie by freelance oral history interviewer Jenny Simmons between 10 December 2003 and 15 March 2004. The interviews follow a 'life story' format, covering Wyllie's family background, childhood, education, work, leisure and later life.

Wyllie, George Ralston, 1921-2012, artist and sculptor

Glasgow dock workers oral history project

  • GB 249 SOHC 18
  • Collection
  • 2009

Oral history project, conducted in 2009 by David Walker of the Scottish Oral History Centre at the University of Strathclyde on behalf of Glasgow Museums, interviewing those who had earned their living working at Glasgow’s docks. A total of 17 men were selected as suitable for the project but in the end only 12 participated, with some becoming ill and others unavailable for interview. Although a smaller cohort was used than originally intended it did provide a representative sample of workers with experience of most of the docks that operated along the Upper Clyde at Glasgow and its environs. The group also had experience of many of the jobs undertaken such as electrician, plan maker and superintendent stevedore, plater, winch operator, checker, and crane driver. One additional respondent was interviewed who had never worked at the docks but had lived at Shiels Farm and had witnessed the opening of the still operational King George V dock in 1931. The average age of those interviewed was 72 with birth dates ranging from 1926 to 1947. All of the interviews were conducted at the respondent’s home with one exception which was conducted at the Scottish Oral History Centre.

The interviews were semi-structured in style which allowed the respondents to talk beyond their working lives. Hence the testimonies provide evidence of the daily work and conditions in which their working lives were undertaken but they also touch on other aspects of their lives, including family relationships, early job opportunities and trade union activities. The respondents were not only generous in donating their memories but also in providing photographic images which help illustrate the people interviewed, the types of ships that they worked on, buildings now demolished, and tasks undertaken such as handling large steel slabs, grain, coal or scrap iron. Although each interview was conducted separately there was some overlap in the recollections mainly due to the fact that many of the men knew each other as workmates and inevitably they were exposed to similar events in their careers.

University of Strathclyde | Scottish Oral History Centre

Singer strike, 1911

  • GB 249 SOHC 2
  • Collection
  • Original recordings, 1988

Conversations between members of Glasgow Labour History Workshop and former Singer employees, discussing working conditions and the strike at the Singer sewing machine plant in Clydebank, Scotland, March / April 1911.

Clydeside industrialists began to introduce scientific management practices in 1910. The Singer sewing machine plant in Clydebank became the site of the first explicit confrontation between capital and labour in Scotland resulting from the ensuing reorganisation of work processes. Within two days of twelve female cabinet polishers going on strike, the Singer works became paralysed as the majority of the 11,000 workforce joined in.

University of Strathclyde | Scottish Oral History Centre

Study Circle records

  • GB 249 STU
  • Collection
  • 1894 - 1942

Study Circle minute book, 1919-1937; envelope of newspaper cuttings, telegrams, letters and other ephemera collected by or associated with the Study Circle, 1909-1942; album containing character testimonials, tributes, letters, election leaflets, newspaper and magazine articles and other ephemera relating to Robert Shanks, founder of the Study Circle, 1894-1921.

Study Circle, Glasgow

Photographs and illustrations of people, buildings, machinery and equipment and events associated with University of Strathclyde and its antecedents

  • GB 249 OP
  • Collection
  • 1853 to date

Black and white, sepia and colour photographic prints and negatives, including glass negatives; transparencies; postcards; sketches and artists' impressions.

Photographs of people are mainly individual and group photographs of staff and students. Images of machinery and equipment include slides used for teaching purposes, and an early photograph of an Argyll motor car on the ramp in the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory. Photographs of University buildings include Anderson's University, the Mechanics' Institution, the Weaving, Dyeing and Printing College and Allan Glen's School, in addition to the later buildings of the Royal Technical College and the Scottish College of Commerce and the modern buildings of the University. The visit by HM King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, and the laying of the foundation stone of the Royal College Building in 1903 is also represented in the collection. There are also aerial photographs of the campus at various periods of development. Photograph albums preserve the memory of honorary graduations, VIP visits and other events.

Interview with Phyllis Craig, Chair of Clydeside Action on Asbestos

  • GB 249 SOHC 35
  • File
  • 28 January 2018

Recording of Arthur McIvor in conversation with Phyllis Craig, Chair of Clydeside Action on Asbestos, 28 January 2018. Phyllis Craig describes her work at the charity where she started on 2 October 1995.

[00:00] Introductions.
[00:25] Summarises main life events.
[01:14] Describes voluntary work at Castlemilk law centre and the poverty she observed.
[01:43] Describes starting work at Clydeside Action on Asbestos.
[02.44] Discusses the occupations of her parents and her relationship with them.
[05:10] Describes roles at Clydeside Action on Asbestos.
[06:04] Tells story of a particular appeal and the treatment of a client.
[07:28] Returns to description of activity of Clydeside Action on Asbestos.
[07:53] Mentions the case of ‘Fairchild, Matthew and Fox’ and describes other asbestosis cases.
[10:58] Describes the wide variety of other Clydeside Action on Asbestos activities, such as fundraising and communications.
[11:56] Describes how the job has changed over the years.
[13:17] Describes how the resources and funding have improved since the early years of the charity.
[13:54] Describes the psychological effects of a mesothelioma diagnosis.
[16:12] Describes the experiences of those living with mesothelioma.
[18:59] Describes the physical and mental effects of mesothelioma.
[20:20] Talks about the limitations of new government disability legislation and its relation to the mental health of sufferers.
[22:15] Mentions the economic schemes that were available to help sufferers and remarks upon the likely negative effects of recent government legislation.
[23:06] Describes the rise of diagnoses of mesothelioma in women, explores the reasons, and talks about the different experiences of the disease for men and women.
[25:45] Describes the difficulties of competing with other charities for funding for example charities that work with victims of post-traumatic stress.
[27:07] Tells the story of a particular mesothelioma case pertaining to a male client who was a Glasgow joiner.
[30:11] Tells the story of two mesothelioma cases pertaining to women, one client from Falkirk who struggled to get a diagnosis and a former GP who works in the charity office. Phyllis comments on the different reactions of men and women to a diagnosis of mesothelioma.
[32:46] States that mesothelioma is still incurable and describes the general life expectancy of sufferers.
[34:47] Describes the dramatic changes in medical interest and treatments for mesothelioma since 1995. Also discusses surgery and the importance of palliative care.
[38:55] Describes the differences between Scotland and England in terms of legislation and compensation. Also describes the tenacity required to campaign for justice.
[42:30] Describes the reasons why legislative situation has evolved further, to the benefit of victims, in Scotland than in England.
[46:11] Discusses how the establishment of the Scottish Parliament has benefited the experience of victims in Scotland and how Scotland’s asbestos legislation compares globally.
[47:43] Describes the current campaigns and activity of Clydeside Action on Asbestos.
[50:59] Closing remarks upon the importance of the recognition of other asbestos related lung cancers in addition to mesothelioma, in terms of legislation and support.
[52:53] Describes inaccuracies in predictions for when the peak of asbestos-related deaths will be seen.

University of Strathclyde | Scottish Oral History Centre

Scottish Hotel School records

  • GB 249 OF/26
  • Collection
  • 1944-2007
  • Management committee papers
  • Annual reports
  • Financial records
  • Estates and buildings records
  • Certificates of accreditation of courses
  • Prospectuses
  • Course leaflets
  • Handbooks for international students
  • Examination papers
  • Awards ceremony programmes
  • Student records
  • Prize and scholarship records
  • Uniforms
  • Student memorabilia
  • Group photographs
  • Internationale Kochkunst Grosser Preis medal
  • Function menus
  • Visitors' books
  • News cuttings books
  • Year books and newsletters
  • Teaching aids
  • Published articles about the Scottish Hotel School
  • Corporate merchandise
  • Board game entitled 'Who wants to be a hotelier'
  • Certificate of corporate membership of Hospitality Action
  • Scottish Hotel School Library records

Scottish Hotel School

Alexina Weir papers

  • GB 249 OM/473
  • Collection
  • 1932-1942

Scottish Universities Entrance Board certificate of fitness to enter upon a course qualifying for graduation in any Faculty in a Scottish University; Royal Technical College class certificates and Diploma in Chemistry; University of Glasgow examination certificates and degree parchment; letter from [ ] Bilsland, Office of the District Commissioner for Civil Defence, Glasgow, conveying best wishes to Miss Weir for her future happiness and thanks for all her work in the laboratory.

O'Beirne, Alexina Hossack, 1914-2000, analytical chemist

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