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In 1980 the Grampian Union Against Youth Employment was set up with the assistance of Aberdeen Trades Council, to campaign for better services and facilities for the unemployed. By 1981 the Union (now called the Grampian Unemployment Union) had a ‘centre’ at the Trades Council property at 21 Adelphi and provided advice on welfare rights and campaigned against benefit cuts etc. In 1983 the Aberdeen Unemployment Centre was established at 334 George Street, in 1985 re-located to the St Katherine’s Centre at West North Street and finally in 1988 moved to 54 Frederick Street. The Centre published their own news-sheets, initially ‘Doledrum’ and then from the late 1980s ‘The Signing-On-Times’. The Centre was also utilised by various groups such as the Anti-Poll Tax Movement and in 1989 the Memorial Library of the 15th International Brigade was opened at the Centre (the library is now housed at the Aberdeen Trades Union Council offices at the Adelphi).

In 1992 the centre became the Aberdeen Employment Restart Centre.

Related entries: Aberdeen Trades Union Council.

References: Aberdeen Trades Union Council Annual Reports and see below.

Sources: Some material such as annual reports are held as part of the Aberdeen Trades Union Council archives at the University of Aberdeen Library.


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The Aberdeen Women’s Centre was based at Shoe Lane and part of the Council owned Lemon Tree site. The centre offered a women only space for women’s groups (such as the Women’s Action Group) and classes to meet.

References: Aberdeen Women’s Alliance, City Centre Women’s Heritage Walk leaflet (2014).

Sources: archives are held at Aberdeen City Archives.

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The Association was founded in 1985 as a co-ordinating body for some 20 peace groups in the city, such as Aberdeen CND, Scientists Against Nuclear Arms and Teachers for Nuclear Disarmament. The Association had an information shop at 334 George Street which was a meeting place, shop and information hub. The Association also had a part time peace worker appointed after a grant from the Quakers. The centre at some point moved to 15 Belmont Street (at 1989).

References: Aberdeen Trades Union Council annual report 1985. Aberdeen City Libraries Directory of Community Contacts (1989).

Sources: unknown.

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Boomtown Books, ‘Aberdeen’s Radical Bookshop’, was formed in late 1976 and based at 163 – 167 King Street. The shop sold radical books (such as Peace News and Freedom), was a disseminator of local information from campaign groups and also acted as a postal address for groups. The shop shared space with Aberdeen People’s Press and a wholefood shop Ambrosia Wholefoods (Cairnleith Croft).

References: Aberdeen People Press.

Sources: unknown.

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Founded in 1903 by Albert Mansbridge, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) was created to promote the higher education of working men and women at a time when few educational opportunities existed for the working class. The WEA is a national, voluntary organisation which provides adult education based on democratic principles.

In 1905, the first WEA branch was founded in Scotland in Springburn. It was followed by branches in Edinburgh in 1912, Glasgow in 1916 and Dundee and Ayrshire in 1917. The Aberdeen branch was founded in 1913.

References: website.

Sources: some papers are held at Aberdeen City Archives (from c.1970 – 1993) and also at the National Library of Scotland. The UK central archive is managed by London Metropolitan University and attached to the TUC Collection.

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