A bit of a mea culpa from me here as I promised Malcolm Harvey I’d blog about this months ago and am only just getting round to it – but I guess now is as good a time as any.
If you’re interested in political geekery and memorabilia, this is definitely for you. It’s an exhibition called:
The exhibition draws largely on the collections of the Scottish Political Archive (SPA). SPA is based at the University of Stirling and is dedicated to collecting oral and other material relating to the political history of Scotland in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The exhibition features referendum campaign materials including leaflets, pamphlets, posters and badges deriving from all the major political parties and umbrella groups. It also offers visitors the opportunity to hear the voices of politicians and campaigners discussing their experiences of the referendums of ’79 and ‘97, the intervening period and the establishment of a Scottish Parliament.
SPA Director Peter Lynch said ‘This exhibition exploring the nature of the 1979 and 1997 devolution referendums could not be timelier. The issues raised at the twoprevious referendum campaigns have enormous contemporary significance for the proposed referendum in 2014.’
I shall definitely be going in for a good look round. For added geekery, you might want to have a good look at the Scottish Political Archive site to read about their events and materials. I’m particularly sorry to have missed a political songs event a few weeks ago.