Over the last few months, we have been working with charities in and around Glasgow, offering some public and community outreach. It’s always nice to offer help to good causes! We also have some further partner activities planned for the coming few months.
A while ago, we ran a fundraising campaign to buy an interesting antique book for donation to the Triquetra Collection of antique swords and books: the Seal of Cause and Bye-Laws and Regulations of the Incorporation of Fleshers of Glasgow, printed in 1887. It offers quite a fascinating insight into the world of the Victorian era trade guilds in Glasgow, although the guild itself received its seal in 1580, and was probably established quite some time before that.
We managed to raise sufficient funds to make the purchase and to digitise it. A digital copy will be going to those generous individuals who made a donation towards the project (thank you very much!) in the next couple of days. The book itself has been donated to the Triquetra Collection as per the plan; and there will be an article on the trade guilds of Glasgow appearing on the Triquetra website at some point soon. Once the article appears there, we will be working with the “Wikimedian in Residence” at the Scottish Library and Information Council to make the digitisation suitable for inclusion in the Wikimedia Commons.
We are delighted to have been able to bring this project to its current state, and we are grateful to everyone who helped with donations. Thank you!
Stay tuned for further information about this project as the article progresses, and look out for an announcement about our next fundraising project about late 19th / early 20th century martial sports!