Scotland Africa '97 Archive

Scope and Content

The material for the Scotland Africa '97 Archive (in Gen. 1056-1059) was chosen to show the range of events which took place and the variety of organisations and people involved. The main body of the material consists of information of the events which took place and this is arranged alphabetically by the name of the organisation involved. The events are also more fully described in The Scotland Africa '97 Brochure in Folder 2 of the archive. The material also includes newsletters and leaflets; management committee minutes and general forum minutes; accounts; funding proposals and grant applications; letters and cards; invitations; programmes, posters, and flyers; audio tapes; conference and seminar reports; press releases; catalogues, information sheets, and information packs; and, photographs and press cuttings.

E2006.38 is a folder containing 10 black and white exhibition photographs taken by Matt Laver, photographer, Edinburgh. They feature: costume and dance; Wole Soyinka; Julius Nyerere; Jackson Hulungwani; an Adzido dance workshop; a spirit talk; Kinsi Abdulleh; a Lamu snake dance; Lorna and Jenny; and, Mara.

Administrative / Biographical History

Scotland Africa '97 (SA '97) was an umbrella organisation which aimed at the strengthening of existing links between Scotland and Africa and the creation of new routes to understanding and co-operation. Between May and October 1997, a series of cultural events took place with these aims in mind, under the banner Scotland Africa '97. Because of the positive feedback and the success of the events generally, it was decided to set up an archive serving as a record of the events held. It was hoped that the archive could be used as a source for researchers examining the impact of SA '97 and as a resource for anyone looking for information about the organisations involved. The idea for the series of cultural events came from the Centre of African Studies at Edinburgh University. It was intended that the events should raise the profile of Africa and explore the historical and contemporary links between Scotland and the huge continent. The events held were both large and small, and although many were held in Edinburgh, SA '97 offices had been established in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen to support the events of organisations all over the country, from Dundee and Musselburgh, to Argyll and Inverness, and from Kelso and Dumfries, to Banchory and Stromness. The events ranged from an African ceramics exhibition, fashion show, and African storytime for children, to a rhino awareness week, a play about Mungo Park, and an exhibition on Mary Slessor.

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Handlist, H67