In 2014, the Library ran a pilot project to digitise copies of The Student newspaper from the academic year 1984 / 1985. The papers were released in real-time, exactly 30 years after they were first published, and provided an interesting insight into life as a student in Edinburgh in the mid 1980s. Now, thanks to a generous grant from the Alumni Innovation Initiative, the Library is able to continue the project, and has recruited a student intern to work part-time on it for six months. We will start where we left off, in the summer of 1985, and aim to upload issues on a weekly basis, starting with October 1985.
As before, we’d be really keen to hear from you about your experiences of living in Edinburgh and studying or working at the University in the 1980s. We’ll be posting on the Centre for Research Collections’ Facebook page and tweeting from its Twitter account using the hashtag #studentarchive. Please join in!
For further information, or to be added to the project’s mailing list, please email Gavin Willshaw, Digital Curator at the University Library.