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University of Stirling Archives launches Brig Newspaper’s digital archive

The archive provides a record of the university’s history, now currently containing the first 125 issues of Brig Newspaper covering the years 1969 to 1987.

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The digital archive was launched on this January 14 and aims to provide a “student-focused” record of the university’s history. The archive currently contains the first 125 issues of Brig Newspaper and covers the years 1969 to 1987.

Access to the archive is available through the university’s archived collections website in chronological order.

Supported by the Stirling Fund, the archiving process was aided by student volunteers who helped catalogue the issues, “recording and reflecting” on the history of local, national, and international news.

Iona Young, Editor-in-Chief of Brig Newspaper said: ”I’m delighted the Brig archives are free and accessible to everyone! I spent a couple of months in 2018 going through the old issues from the 60’s right through to the 90’s. It was a fascinating experience, there’s so many brilliant articles and features that really give you a feel for the times.

“It’s great to see previous students’ first hand perspectives of so many historical events on campus and around the world! The illustrations are also fantastic. Having a look through is a really fun lockdown activity.”

Rachel Talbot, a student volunteer said: “This project has been a really engaging and insightful experience for me. I’ve followed historic socio-political events as they’ve unfolded, delighted in past gig listings for iconic bands and learned that the highs and lows of student life never really change!”

Featured image credit: Culture on Campus

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