Scottish Working People's History Trust

Scottish Working People's History Trust


Welcome to the website of the Scottish Working People's History Trust. Here you can learn more about the Trust, its activities and publications, and contact us for more information.

Ian MacDougall Memorial Lecture

On Thursday 7 April 2022, Ian’s family, friends and colleagues gathered at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh to hear Lynn Abrams, Professor of Modern History at the University of Glasgow, speak on the theme 'Listening to people speak: the value of oral histories of working people'. This marked the inauguration of the annual Ian MacDougall Memorial Lecture and a further successful collaboration between the NLS, Scottish Labour History Society and the Scottish Working People's History Trust.

Do get in touch if you would like a summary note of the meeting or a link to the recording of the meeting.

We will announce the date and speaker for the 2023 Ian MacDougall Memorial Lecture as soon as possible.


Thank you to the Franco-Scottish Society of Scotland

At this particularly sad time we are very pleased to announce that thanks to the support of branches and members of the Franco-Scottish Society of Scotland, Ian MacDougall's research on French Onion Johnnies will be published digitally. The Society has given us a grant sufficient to cover the editing of Ian's interview transcripts for online publication. The grant will also provide for a copy to be lodged with La Maison des Johnnies in Roscoff, Britanny.

  • Oh! Ye had to be careful

    Oh! Ye had to be careful

    Oh! Ye had to be careful (Tuckwell Press, 2000) is the edited recollections of eleven veteran workers employed between the Read More
  • Bondagers


    Bondagers (Tuckwell Press, 2001) presented the recollections of eight women who had worked as bondagers on the farms of south-east Read More
  • Voices of Leith Dockers

    Voices of Leith Dockers

    Voices of Leith Dockers: Personal Recollections of Working Lives was published for the Trust by Mercat Press in 2001. It Read More
  • Onion Johnnies

    Onion Johnnies

    Onion Johnnies (Tuckwell Press, 2002) contains the recollections of nine French Onion Johnnies (one of them a woman) who worked Read More
  • Miners' Association Minutes 1894-1918

    Miners' Association Minutes 1894-1918

    Mid and East Lothian Miners' Association Minutes, 1894-1918 were published by the Trust in 2004 in association with the Scottish Read More
  • Through the Mill

    Through the Mill

    Through the Mill: personal recollections by veteran men and women papermill workers in Penicuik and Auchendinny. Compiled and edited by Read More
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