Fife photographs throw light on General Strike anniversary
An album of photographs recently acquired by an adult education institute has given a fresh insight into the impact of the General Strike in Fife, 90 years ago.
The dispute began in the mines but spread across other industries as - at least initially - trades unions saw cuts to miners' wages as a threat to all their members.
The photograph album, which is now in the collection of the Bishopsgate Institute in London, contains 35 pictures in total.
The images show marches and rallies, as well as fund-raising events including a fancy dress parade and a sports day.
Dr Jim Phillips, from the University of Glasgow, told the BBC's Sunday Politics Scotland programme that the General Strike could be seen as an attempt by mine owners to regain control of their industry after World War One.
He said there was a long tradition of radicalism in the west of Scotland and in what was the Fife coalfield.
The strike, which had begun on 4 May 1926, ended eight days later. Dr Phillips says many more workers withdrew their labour than had been officially called out.
That led to some strike leaders getting "cold feet", when they were accused by the government of trying to subvert democracy, and so calling off the action.
The rival front pages of newspapers in the collections of Glasgow City Archives give a flavour of the two sides as the dispute got underway.