Today, some newspapers which you might not expect to see in an exhibition on the Scottish printed word.
Large-scale immigration to Scotland began in the 9th century with Irish settlers, and then Italians, mostly from the Lucca and Abruzzi regions. Since 1945 Asian communities have become established in Scotland. The recent immigration from Eastern Europe is not new: at the end of the 19th century a large number of Lithuanians left the Russian Empire and settled mainly in Lanarkshire where they worked as miners. Our exhibition contains three newspapers which show how the printed word has played an important role in keeping immigrant communities informed of events in Scotland and abroad and reminding them of their own identity.
Published in Golspie, Gazeta z Highland is the first bilingual newspaper in Scotland for the Polish community, aimed at Polish people living in the Highlands.
Iseiviu Draugas (The Immigrant's Friend) was published in Mossend for the Lithuanian immigrant community.
The Asian News Scotland, published in collaboration with the Pakistan News Post, was the largest circulated Asian newspaper in Scotland with articles in Urdu and English.