Elspeth King and Michael Donnelly Collection

T SOR 48.

Reference Code

GB243 T/SOR/48


Elspeth King & Michael Donnelly Collection

Dates of Creation

c.1939 – 1968


1 item

Name of Creators

Elspeth King & Michael Donnelly

Level of Description


Administrative History

Elspeth King (1974-1991) and Michael Donnelly (1972-1990) were curators of the People’s Palace Museum, involved in establishing the labour, oral and social history, entertainment history, tobacco, tiles and ceramics and Glasgow Stained Glass collections during these dates. They also commissioned work from contemporary artists including Alasdair Gray and Ken Currie, whose mural of 200 years of Glasgow history from the Calton Weaver’s Strike 1787 to the Miners’ Strike of 1984-7 was hailed as the most important public art work in 20th century Glasgow. During Culture City 1990, it was made clear that Glasgow culture was detrimental to the culture of capital, and Michael was sacked for ‘bringing Glasgow into disrepute’. Both continued to work in museums elsewhere and with the disappearance of the most meaningful material from the People’s Palace displays, they are not sure how much survives from their time as curators there.

Scope and Content

This collection contains solely the Addressograph Machine labels, tin, in three metal boxes (incomplete) from the Strickland Press of Guy Alfred Aldred (1886-1963). Photographed by Spirit of Revolt volunteers Adrian McKinney and Phoebe………

System of Arrangement

Items have been arranged according to record type.

Custodial History

Collected and held by Elspeth King and Michael Donnelly.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Elspeth King and Michael Donnelly.

Appraisal, Destruction, Scheduling

Appraised according to the Spirit of Revolt appraisal policy.


There may be further accruals.

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 Paula Larkin (Project Archivist) with assistance from Dr Elspeth King in November 2022.


The Strickland Press Addressograph Machine Labels

Contains the labels, tin, in two metal boxes (incomplete) from the Strickland Press of Guy Alfred Aldred (1886-1963), Glasgow Anarchist. Preserved in the office of his biographer John Taylor Caldwell (1911-2007). Collected with the intention of transcribing the addresses as a witness to Guy Alfred’s influence, world-wide.

c. 1939- 1968