Don’t throw election leaflets away - donate them to science!

With three months to go until the general election, the campaign trail is hotting up and election literature is being produced thick and fast.

A University is asking Carrick Gazette readers not to throw away anything they receive, but to send it to them for an archive which is helping to capture Britain’s political history.

The University of Bristol’s Special Collections Library holds an extensive archive of over 30,000 election addresses for every British general election since 1892. Possibly the biggest of its kind in the UK, with literature from all the prominent politicians of the 20th Century.

The archive is looking for election addresses, manifestos, and related publicity from any constituency and party to help researchers in the future get a clear picture of how the general election of 2015 was fought, capturing which issues were of interest to the electorate and candidates.

With the public’s assistance, it hopes to collect a broad range of publicity for the upcoming general election on 7 May. It covers all 650 seats in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales so needs help from far and wide. If you feel able to help, please do donate any election material you come across rather than throwing it away.

Please send election addresses, manifestos, and related publicity from any constituency and party to:

Special Collections

Arts and Social Sciences Library

University of Bristol

Tyndall Avenue

Bristol

BS8 1TJ