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Scotland Africa 97 Archive

Identifier: Coll-67

Scope and Contents

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.

Coll-67/71 (E2006.38) was donated later and 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.


  • Creation: 1996-1997

Conditions Governing Access

Mostly open, but please contact the repository in advance for details.

Biographical / Historical

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 bannerScotland 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.


4 boxes


The original order has been kept. The material is arranged by organisation, and then within series, by event organised by said organisation.

Physical Location

Bulk at Gen. 1056-1059; Coll-67/71 in CLX-A-760

Other Finding Aids

Original handlist, which also contains additional contextual information:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bulk donated in 1998, with a later smaller addition in 2006. Accession nos E1998.37, and E2006.38

Donated by Kenneth and Pravina King.

Processing Information

Original handlist created in May 1998 by Kate McDonald, Researcher at The Centre of African Studies; then keyed into ArchivsSpace by Stephen Willis in August-September 2020.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
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Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
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