Series 4 - Oral History Interviews

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GB 1534 SWA/4


Oral History Interviews


  • 2016-01-01 - 2017-12-31 (Creation)

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55 interviews.

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Administrative history

Founded in 1976, Scottish Women's Aid was established to provide a national voice for regional Women's Aid groups around Scotland. The first women's aid groups were established in 1973, beginning in Glasgow and Edinburgh, as grassroots feminist organizations providing support and temporary housing for women and children experiencing domestic violence. Since the 1970s, many more women's aid groups have been founded and continue to operate throughout Scotland.

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Scope and content

As part of the Speaking Out: Recalling Women's Aid in Scotland project, oral history interviews were conducted with 50 women involved in the Women's Aid movement from the early 1970s to the present day.

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Further accruals are expected, with interview descriptions and transcripts available by the end of 2017.

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Alphabetical by last name of interviewee.

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Conditions governing access

All of the interviews contain information of a sensitive nature and access to all but seven of the audio files is closed. Interview transcripts have been edited to remove information such as the names of other individuals, locations of Women's Aid groups and refuges, and other identifying information.

Transcripts for each interview are available. Access to recordings are available for seven interviews and by appointment only. For access requests, please email

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      GB 1534

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      ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000).



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