The Social History collection contains contains a wide range of material relating to the development of Inverclyde's civic and political history.
The collection covers items related to the governing of Greenock, Gourock and Port Glasgow and the surrounding villages such as Wemyss Bay, Inverkip and Kilmacolm. It charts the development of Inverclyde and includes projects and events such as the various Improvement Schemes. The collection reflects local civic and municipal responsibility for the provision of a wide range of public services such as policing, fire brigade, trading standards, transport, water supply and sewerage, housing, public health and public utilities.
The relatively early development and industrialisation of the Inverclyde meant that the burghs of Greenock and Port Glasgow were amongst the first towns in Scotland in creating and developing the ideas and practice of municipal governance in the industrial era. In conjunction with the Watt Library Archives it illustrates the development of the Inverclyde area as a civic authority from the late eighteenth century.
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