Friday, 27 August 2010

New Political Collections

We are pleased to announce that The Records of the North Tayside Conservative and Unionist Association (reference MS 309) are now available for consultation. This important political collection includes various documents relating to the Conservative Party in parts of Angus and Perthshire from the 1890s until the 1990s. Among these important records are minutes of Conservative and Unionist Branches in Forfar, Blairgowrie, Pitlochry and Coupar Angus and records relating to women’s committees.

Some of the items relate to the former Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas Home (pictured above), who represented the Kinross and West Perthshire in Parliament between 1963 and 1974, including a couple of signed photographs. There is also material relating to the infamous 1938 by-election fought between the anti-appeasement-candidate Duchess of Atholl (the erstwhile Conservative member for Kinross and West Perthshire), and the Official Conservative candidate William McNair Snaddon. The collection also contains material relating to the Dundee-born Conservative MP Bill Walker (who represented North Tayside in parliament from 1983 until 1997), such as photographs of him opening the North Tayside Conservative and Unionist Association’s Office (below). Other notable figures who appear in the photographs contained in the collection include James Provan MEP, Edward Heath and Michael Heseltine.

Another political collection which has recently been listed is the South Angus Constituency Labour Party Collection (MS 312). This collection includes some copies of SALT a newsletter produced by the South Angus Labour Party in the early 1970s. The records in MS 312 were collected Michael Masterson, who was a lecturer in political science at the University of Dundee.

If you have any material relating to either of these groups or another political party in Tayside that you would like to deposit we would be very interested in hearing from you.

Kenneth Baxter

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