Brendan McLaughlin Collection
Dates of Creation
Name of Creators
Level of Description
Brendan McLaughlin is a local folk singer and political activist, who previously
owned and ran the Scotia Bar and The Clutha Vaults public houses which became two of Glasgow’s most notable music, literary and political venues. McLaughlin formed the group Worker’s City with James Kelman, Farquar McLay , Hugh Savage and others in 1990. Workers City was a protest against Glasgow’s year as European City of Culture, which the group saw as ignoring the real Glasgow, the worker’s city. The group campaigned against what they saw as the unfair treatment of the People’s Palace curator, Elspeth King; the public money spent on the year of culture and Glasgow Council plans to sell off one third of Glasgow Green for redevelopment.
Scope and Content
Collection contains papers; leaflets; statements from organisations such as Worker’s City and Glasgow for People; serials; news cuttings and ephemera.
System of Arrangement
Items have been arranged according to subject and record type. Original order has been maintained where possible.
Material collected by Brendan McLaughlin.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Appraisal, Destruction, Scheduling
Appraised according to the Spirit of Revolt appraisal policy.
Further accruals expected.
Application for reproduction should be made to the Spirit of Revolt group.
Existence of Copies
No known copies.
Descriptive list available at Glasgow City Archives and on the Spirit of Revolt website.
No known publications.
Other Spirit of Revolt (Ref: T/SOR) collections held at Glasgow City Archives.
Date(s) of Description
Complied by Nicola Maksymuik (Project Archivist). June 2014.
|1||Statements and Administrative papers|
|2||‘Our Right to Reply’, paper detailing the criticism of Glasgow’s 1990 year of culture.||1990|
|3||Press Release for first Workers’ City night.||1990|
|4||Proposed Conference: Glasgow – Policies for Cultural Development.||1990|
|2||Elspeth King Defence Committee|
|1||An Appeal on Behalf of a Friend Unfairly Treated, a pamphlet on the Elspeth King debate by Alasdair Gray.||1990|
|2||Press Release for talk by Terry McCarthy, Director of the National Museum of Labour History. 1975-1988.||1990|
|3||Flyer for Terry McCarthy talk||1990|
|4||Notice of picket outside City Chambers in support of Michael Donnelly (Elspeth King’s assistant).||1990|
|1||Flesher’s Haugh Redevelopment Survey.||1990|
|2||Glasgow Green Fact Sheet||n.d|
|3||Save Glasgow Green, Public Meeting Flyer.||1990|
|4||Glasgow Green the Peoples Common Green.||n.d|
|5||Glasgow for People, Summer 1990, Newsletter.||1990|
|Folder of papers relating to various issues and interest’s of Brendan McLaughlin including a flyer for the launch of his album, Independence; leaflets by the groups Glasgow for People and Clydeside Action on Asbestos and material relating to Sound House Theatre.||c1990-2014|
|1||Art Work No.44||1990|
|2||Glasgow Keelie Nos 2, Read on line, 3, Read on line, 4, Read on line, 5, Read on line, 6, Read on line, 18, Read on line, Images courtesy of Workers City. 20, Read on line, PDF and other downloads.
|4||News cuttingsFolder of news cutting relating to various issues including Elspeth King; the poll tax; Glasgow’s year of culture and Glasgow Green. From the Herald; the Glaswegian and Scotland on Sunday.||1990-1991|
|5||Ephemera5 CD’s: The Lucky Ones; Independence and See me I’m Always Dreaming by Brendan McLaughlin, Living with the Legend:The Scotia Bar Live Album and The Kingston Bridge Trio.||1991-2014|