Co-operative Collecting: Unions and the History of Working People

cooperative collecing unions and history of working people

Wednesday 12 October, 2022 at 4.30 p.m 

1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AW

Learn about the history of trade unions in this free multi-faceted event.
Join us at the Kelvin Hall for this exciting event, bringing together the National Library of Scotland’s strong collections of labour and trade union history with Unite the Union, who are currently celebrating their centenary year.

Collection Showcase 4.30 – 5.30 p.m.

A chance to explore a ‘hands-on’ collection showcase, with items from the archives of the National Library of Scotland and Unite the Union , including unique ephemera and hand painted trade union banners, as well as film and audio clips offering a fascinating insight into Scottish people’s working lives. There will be film to watch on a 12 screen video wall, audio to listen to from the sound archive and expert curators on hand to ask questions about why we collect these valuable and important records of everyday people.

A programme of speakers followed by a Q&A session 5.30 – 8 p.m.

unite history project

Starting with a big screen exploration of working people’s histories in the National Library of Scotland’s moving image collection there will then be an opportunity to learn about the Unite History Project, key disputes and campaigns in the Scottish trade union movement, and women’s experiences in the workplace.


Ann Cameron, Curator, National Library Scotland
Jim Mowat, Unite Director
Pat Rafferty, Unite Regional Secretary
Roz Foyer, STUC General Secretary
Dr Valerie Wright, Research Associate, Glasgow University
Q&A chaired by Chris Cassells, Head of Archives & Manuscripts, National Library of Scotland.

Tickets are free but please book at Eventbrite.  Accessible seating available.


CINE[STHESIA] screenings showcase hidden gems fromNLS’s  Moving Image Archive. From the Eerie and surreal, to the nostalgic and factual, each screening is carefully curated by staff or special guests.

The films shown are preserved as part of the Moving Image Collection.

When you book this event, your personal information will be held and used by the National Library of Scotland for the purposes of allowing you to attend the event. They use some of the information for audience research purposes. They expect attendees to behave respectfully towards presenters, guests and other audience members. For full information about how the Library will hold and use your personal information, see  privacy pages, in particular our event booking privacy notice

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