Politics

The collection comprises of a diverse range of material relating to strikes, trade unions and political reform. Together they represent the weakening power of landowners and industrialists and the rise of the working class, from the 1800s onwards.

Star objects include a rare banner from the celebrations marking the passing of the 1831 Reform Bill, four banners from which were carried at the 1884 ‘Great Franchise Demonstration’ in Glasgow and a Suffragette Petition from Airdrie. And in the workplace, highlights include a union plaque from 1837 and a medal from one of the most famous strikes in Scottish history; the 1890 Railway Workers’ Strike.

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