Red Clydeside: A history of the labour movement in Glasgow 1910-1932


Dec 2002

The Red Clydeside period

During the period between 1910 and 1932 the city of Glasgow was witness to an unparalleled wave of working class protest and political agitation which challenged the forces of capitalism and also, on occasion, directly challenged the state itself. The events and people who shaped this period forged an enduring legacy which still remains part of the political and social fabric of the city to the present day, and which is known quite simply as Red Clydeside. This turbulent period of industrial, social and political upheaval reinforced Glasgow's reputation as the centre of working class struggle in Britain in the early years of the twentieth century.

Website structure

This website provides access to digital copies of original source materials from the Red Clydeside period, as one of the digital collections of the Glasgow Digital Library. Digital images of key source documents and artefacts from this period are presented in several ways:

Aids for further research and study are also provided, including:

A categorised list of all digital images is also provided.


All images in this collection are either protected by copyright law or are the property of Glasgow Digital Library. Permission to publish MUST be obtained from both Glasgow Digital Library and, where appropriate, the legal copyright holder.


The materials featured in this digital collection were drawn from Glasgow Caledonian University Special Collections and Archives , Glasgow University Special Collections Department, Glasgow University Archives, Strathclyde University Special Collections, Glasgow City Archives and Paisley Museum and Art Galleries.


The Glasgow Digital Library acknowledges the invaluable contribution made by the staff at our partner institutions. In particular the GDL would like to express our special thanks to Audrey Canning, librarian at the William Gallacher Memorial Library and Julie Gardham, librarian at Glasgow University Special Collections, whose guidance on selection of materials proved invaluable.


The Red Clydeside project was made possible through funding secured from SCRAN and the Resources for Learning in Scotland consortium. This funding has enabled the GDL to select and digitise more than 220 source materials and to develop the website into a comprehensive gateway to information resources on Red Clydeside.