Colección SOHC 4 - Asbestos-related diseases in the West of Scotland oral history project

Área de identidad

Código de referencia

GB 249 SOHC 4


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


  • Digital copies and transcripts, 2016 (Criação)
  • Original recordings, 1998-2000 (Criação)

Nivel de descripción


Volumen y soporte

16 compact cassettes + 67 digital files (21 BWF, 20 MP3, 26 MS word files) + 44 analogue questionnaires
Paper, compact cassettes and digital files

Área de contexto

Nombre del productor

(b. 1956)

Historia biográfica

Arthur McIvor is professor of social history at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and a specialist in the history of work and occupational health. He is the joint author, with Ronnie Johnston, of 'Lethal work: a history of the asbestos tragedy in Scotland' (2000) and 'Miners' lung: a history of dust disease in British coal mining' (2007).

Nombre del productor

(Established 1995)

Historia administrativa

The Scottish Oral History Centre (SOHC) was set up within the Department of History at the University of Strathclyde in 1995. Since its foundation the SOHC has been involved in a wide range of teaching, research and outreach activities designed primarily to encourage the use of ‘best practice’ oral history methodology in Scotland. Until 2005, the SOHC was directed by Professor Callum Brown, since then by Professor Arthur McIvor.

Historia archivística

Transferred from SOHC in 2015 and 2016. The project's original ID was SOHCA/016. In addition to the title "Asbestos-related diseases in the West of Scotland", the material has been variously referred to as "Social Impact of Asbestos on Clydeside project 1998/1999" and "Scottish Occupational Health Oral History Project (SOHOHP)"; at times it is also listed as a component of the "Work and health in Scotland oral history project", as well as of the "Clydeside heavy industries oral history project". The original recordings were made 1998-2000 using a cassette recorder. In 2016, they were digitised to uncompressed, unaltered 24 bit/96kHz BWF format for preservation. Enhancements were made to improve sound quality where necessary and 16bit/48kHz MP3 copies created for access.

Origen del ingreso o transferencia

Área de contenido y estructura

Alcance y contenido

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.

Valorización, destrucción y programación


Sistema de arreglo

Área de condiciones de acceso y uso

Condiciones de acceso

Restricted. Please contact University of Strathclyde Archives to enquire about access.


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This collection is part of the Scottish Oral History Centre Archive.

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  • inglés



  • Johnston, R and McIvor, A (2000) 'Lethal work: a history of the asbestos tragedy in Scotland'
  • Gorman, T; Johnston, R; McIvor, A and Watterson, A (2004) 'Asbestos in Scotland', in 'International journal of occupational and environmental health' 10: 183–192
  • Johnston, R and McIvor, A (2007) 'Narratives from the urban workplace: oral testimonies and the reconstruction of men's work in the heavy industries of Glasgow' ('Testimonies of the city: identity, community, and change in a contemporary urban world', ed. J Herbert and R Rodger)
  • McIvor, A (2013) 'Working lives: work in Britain since 1945'

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