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Dr Gillian Murray papers (part of the Social Enterprise Collection Scotland)

  • GB 1847 SECS-GM
  • Fonds
  • 2014-2020

This collection is part of the Social Enterprise Collection Scotland. The collection includes Dr Gillian Murray's published papers, briefings and oral history recordings created between 2014 -2020 whilst working as a researcher at Glasgow Caledonian University. The oral history recordings were dispersed across the projects on which she worked. There are currently six recordings with transcripts, and also a briefing paper, from the CommonHealth research programme (2014-2018) and five recordings with transcripts from the Future Development of the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland) project (2018-2021). These sit with the relevant project. The publications and research outputs contains a published paper which was an outcome of her work on the CommonHealth research programme (2014-2018).

  • Publications and research outputs, 2018
  • CommonHealth research programme, 2016-2018
  • Future Development of the Social Enterprise Collection (Scotland) project, 2019

Murray, Gillian | Historian

'Community business in Scotland: an alternative vision of 'enterprise culture', 1979-97'

Murray, G, 2018, 'Community business in Scotland: an alternative vision of 'enterprise culture', 1979-97' Twentieth Century British History. 10.1093/tcbh/hwy007

This paper was an outcome of the CommonHealth research project. It provides a history of an alternative vision for enterprise culture by examining the community business movement in Scotland, the largest experiment of its kind in the UK in the 1980s and a forerunner of social enterprise.

Oral histories collected as part of the CommonHealth history project

This file contains 6 items:

  • Jim Bristow interview audio recording and transcript, recorded April 2016
  • Susan McGinlay interview audio recording and transcript, recorded May 2016
  • Colin Roxburgh interview audio recording and transcript, recorded December 2015
  • Alan Tuffs interview audio recording and transcript, recorded February 2016
  • Alan Kay interview audio recording and transcript, recorded November 2014
  • Tor Justad interview audio recording and transcript, recorded February 2015

Jim Bristow interview audio recording and transcript, recorded April 2016

  • Audio recording of the interview, Jim Bristow.WMA, 1:46:03 hours, 102MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Jim Bristow_Interview.pdf, 23 pages, 278kB

This item is an interview with Jim Bristow recorded by Dr Gillian Murray on 27 April 2016 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Jim Bristow's involvement in community work and the community enterprise movement from the 1970s to 1990s. Click on the 'Download audio' link next to the icon above or on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Jim Bristow worked evenings at an Inverclyde youth club in the 1970s before being drawn towards the community work full time. His first job in this area was as an adventure playground development worker for Greenock Corporation, later being promoted to Community Centre Manager. He trained as a social worker in the early 1980s and began to look at the community enterprise movement. In 1987 he took up a post as Employment Development Worker for Greenock Employment Action Group and has remained with that organisation, which became Inverclyde Community Development Trust in 1996.

Susan McGinlay interview audio recording and transcript, recorded May 2016

  • Audio recording of the interview, Susan McGinlay.WMA, 1:07:11 hours, 64MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Susan.pdf, 17 pages, 271KB

This item is an interview with Susan McGinlay recorded by Dr Gillian Murray on 11 May 2016 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Susan McGinlay's involvement in community work and community business from the early 1980s to 2010s. Click on the 'Download audio' link next to the icon above or on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Susan McGinlay had been an active member of her community organising play schemes for children. She got involved in the community business movement in the mid 1980s, setting up an industrial cleaning company, Kleencare, with 4 other women in 1985. It became one of the longest running businesses within Possil Community Business Ltd. In 1987 she became the first commercial manager of Possil Community Business Ltd and remained an active board member of the Allander Group.

Colin Roxburgh interview audio recording and transcript, recorded December 2015

  • Audio recording of the interview, Colin Roxburgh.WMA, 1:06:17 hours, 63MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Colin Roxburgh_Interview Transcript.pdf, 18 pages, 254KB

This item is an interview with Colin Roxburgh recorded by Dr Gillian Murray on1 December 2015 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Colin Roxburgh's involvement in community development and the community enterprise movement from the 1980s to 2010s. Click on the 'Download audio' link next to the icon above or on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Colin Roxburgh has a background in community development and worked on some of the early community business projects in the Strathclyde Region in the early 1980s, such as the Local Area Advisory Project (LEAP) and later Strathclyde Community Business (SCB). He left SCB in 1989 and then worked as a freelance community consultant in Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand and Canada.

Alan Tuffs interview audio recording and transcript, recorded February 2016

  • Audio recording of the interview, Alan Tuffs.mp3, 1:35:36 hours, 128MB
  • Transcript of the interview, Alan Tuffs_Online Transcript.pdf, 25 pages, 662kB

This item is an interview with Alan Tuffs recorded by Dr Gillian Murray in February 2016 as part of the CommonHealth history project. It is the oral history of Alan Tuff's involvement in setting up and running community enterprises in Scotland from the 1980s to 2010s and his reflections on the sector changes over time. Click on the 'Download audio' link next to the icon above or on the URL link in the metadata section below. This will take you to the Glasgow Caledonian University edShare page where the items can be previewed and downloaded.

Alan Tuffs trained as an architect. He moved from London to West Lothian with his family in the early 1980s. Inspired by a similar initiative in Govan, Glasgow, in 1983 he began work with John Pearce on what would become West Calder Workspace, which opened in 1985. By 1987 West Calder Community Holdings included a workspace, and Employment Opportunities Trust and West Calder Community Enterprises. Alan went on to work in community planning for Rural Forum and the Corrum Trust before starting Small Town and Rural Development Group with friend Colin Roxburgh in 1998, developing the Community Futures Project. Alan retired in 2013.

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