Brian Hartley Collection.

Reference Code

GB243 T/SOR/30


Brian Hartley Collection.

 Dates of Creation



1 box

 Name of Creators

Brian Hartley

 Level of Description


Administrative History

Brian Hartley is a local artist and activist who was involved in the Pollok Free State/No M77 campaign and the campaign against the Criminal Justice Bill.

Pollok Free State was an organisation protesting against the building of the M77 motorway through Pollok Country Park in 1995. The motorway would cut through one of Europe’s largest inner city public commons, separating the park from Corkerhill and Pollok estates, destroying 5000 trees and a seven mile stretch of woodland in the process. Protesters, who included local school children, set up a road protest camp and employed tactics such as building and occupying tree-houses and tunnels. Pollok Free State was part of a bigger ‘No M77’ protest across Glasgow that involved many groups including Earth First and Glasgow for People.

In 1994 there was mass protest against the Criminal Justice Bill. The bill (now act), introduced by the conservative government sought to, amongst other things, abolish the right to silence and introduce new laws which would potentially criminalise large numbers of people, including those participating in public protest. The bill provoked opposition from, not only civil liberty groups, but professionals in the legal field, as well as groups most likely to be affected by the bill, such as the travelling community.


Scope and Content

The collection includes campaign material, photographs and news cuttings on Pollok Free State and the No M77 campaign; the anti criminal justice bill demonstrations and other campaigns and issues.


System of Arrangement

Items have been arranged according to subject and record type. Original order has been maintained where possible. Some of the material in T/SOR 30/1 and 30/3 have been removed from the handmade booklet of news cuttings (T/SOR/30/4).


Custodial History

Material collected by Brian Hartley.


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Brian Hartley.


Appraisal, Destruction, Scheduling

Appraised according to the Spirit of Revolt appraisal policy.



Further accruals expected.


Access Conditions



Copyright Reproduction

Application for reproduction should be made to the Spirit of Revolt group.


Existence of Copies

No known copies.


Finding Aids

Descriptive list available at Glasgow City Archives and on the Spirit of Revolt website.


Publication Note

No known publications.


Related collections

Other Spirit of Revolt (Ref: T/SOR) collections held at Glasgow City Archives.


Date(s) of Description

Compiled by Nicola Maksymuik (Project Archivist), August 2014.




1 Pollok Free State and No M77 Campaign
1 Leaflets,pamphlets and campaign material
1 Pollok Free State/No M77 Leaflet n.d
2 Don’t Let Wimpey Take our Breath Away Leaflet n.d
3 The Peoples’ Free University of Pollok Leaflet n.d
4 Pollok Free State ‘Passport’ n.d
5 No M77 Leaflet by S.T.A.R.R n.d
6 A Route to Prosperity? Glasgow for People Briefing Paper n.d
7 Instead of the Ayr Road Route Report by Glasgow for People order form n.d
8 Glasgow for People Newsletter 1994
9 Pamphlet, Environment Benefits Recreational Facilities-M77 Ayr Road Route. Strathclyde Roads. n.d
2 Reports
1 Instead of the Ayr Road Route: An Alternative Transport Strategy for the Glasgow-Kilmarnock-Ayr Corridor. Glasgow for People. 1994
3 Transcripts
1 Dan Pollard Talks Ethics in the Woods 2.2.95 1995


2 Tuesday 14th February, Pollok Free State: “Valentines’ Day Massacre” 1995
2 Criminal Justice Bill


Leaflets, pamphlets and other material relating to the anti-criminal justice bill campaign. Includes: flyers for demonstrations and rallies; a poster by the Scottish Alliance Against the Bill and leaflets on the bill by the Green Party and Clydeside Hunt Saboteurs.

3 Other campaigns


Small amount of material relating to other campaigns and issues including leaflets by CND and Kelvingrove Park Action Group and correspondence from Glasgow Council Planning department regarding the M74 northern extension.

4 News cuttings


Handmade booklet of news cuttings mainly related to the anti-M77 campaign/Pollok Free State and anti-criminal justice bill campaigns. From: the Herald; Evening Times; The Sun; Daily Mail; Scotsman; The Guardian; Daily Record; The Independent; The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph.

5 Photographs
1 Album containing photographs of Pollok Free State, March 1995. 1995
2 Album containing photographs of criminal Justice bill demonstrations in London on 9th October 1994 and Glasgow 12th November 1994 and a No M77 demonstration in Glasgow on 24th September 1994 1994
6 Serials
1 Scottish Anarchist Newsletter published by the Scottish Anarchist Federation. No 2. October 1994. 1994
2 Socialist review. Issue 179. October 1994 1994