As part of the graduate trainee role at Ayrshire Archives, there are opportunities to visit other archives and recently we received a tour of Glasgow University Archives from their graduate trainee.

Glasgow University Archives holds official University records, including matriculation records, but also houses the Scottish Business Archive and Scottish Brewing Archive, with records for businesses including Tennents, McEwan’s and House of Frasier. There were many interesting records, such as the Blackhouse Charters, plans relating to heavy industry and a selection of labels relating to the United Turkey Red Company.

We also visited Glasgow University Special Collections which holds rare and unique books and records as well as a large collection of PhD theses, the Scottish Ballet Archives and the Scottish Theatre Archive. One of their most well-known collections is the Hunterian large collection of books that once belonged to William Hunter, the male midwife to Queen Charlotte. The libraries of many individuals are a part of Special Collections, including those of Sir William Stirling Maxwell and James McNeill Whistler. The graduate trainee had been working on the Ferguson collection, a collection made up of volumes from the library of John Ferguson (1838-1916), who had once been the regius professor of chemistry at the university.

We learnt a great deal from our visits would like to thank both Glasgow University Archive and Glasgow University Special Collections for their wonderful tours!