Display celebrates the history of Scottish working people

Scroll showing railway scene and railway workers
Railway servants scroll,
1890.

The efforts of working people in Scotland to improve their lot is part of the focus of a small display this autumn at the National Library of Scotland.

There is an unrivalled collection of material relating to Scottish working people at NLS. Among the collection are the oldest surviving records of trade unions and various organisations and activists involved in the working-class movement.

From these archives come letters, photographs, minute books and printed documents to help tell the story of working people's history.

The oldest item on show dates from 1761. This is the deed setting up what is regarded as the world's first co-operative society – the Fenwick Weavers' Society in Ayrshire. 

From Friday 2 September to Monday 31 October, the Scottish working people's history display is open daily, with free admission.

Read more in our Treasures display press release.

2 September 2011



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