CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Alt Ref NoMSU 562
TitleUniversity of Aberdeen Students' Charities Campaign papers
Extent20 archive boxes: 6.6 linear metres
Administrative HistoryThe Students' Charities Campaign has a long and esteemed history. It was formed in 1921 when the first production of the Student Show took to the stage, much to Aberdeen’s approval. One of the main highlights of the Aberdeen University's Student Charities Campaign is the annual Student Show, which is completely written, organised and performed by students. The first Show "Mock Trial" was performed in 1921 and marked the start of a well-loved annual tradition for the city. The Show was initially performed in the hall of the Aberdeen Grammar School but it soon became apparent that because of the show's popularity that a bigger venue would have to be found and the show was moved to the Aberdeen Training Centre. After four years of being performed there it was moved to the Palace Theatre, until it was destroyed by a fire in 1929. The Student Show was moved to His Majesty's Theatre, which has became the permanent home ever since. The show is always hugely popular and raises a great deal of money for the Aberdeen Student's Charities Campaign. Along with the Student Show, Aberdeen Students’ Charities Campaign also organises the Torcher Parade, which has grown to be the largest student torch-lit parade in Europe. In addition to this the Student Charities Campaign offers many other events which have become a huge part of the Campaign and the Aberdeen culture. These include the much loved Schools Collections, Fashion Show, Jailbreak, Hitchhike, Gala Saturday and the comic magazine Eureka.
SourceTransferred from the Aberdeen Students' Charities Campaign, April 2010. There were also papers previously referenced as MSU 562 and these have been merged with this collection.
DescriptionStudent Show -
Audio-Visual material
Publicity (artwork, posters/flyers, newscuttings etc.)
Scripts and musical scores

Student Rag Mags -
Gala Rags

Torcher Parade and other Charity Campaign events -
Audio-Visual material
Publicity (artwork, posters/flyers, newscuttings etc.)

Administrative papers
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsPlease use any access copies of student show programmes in the Reading Room rather than these archive copies where possible.
Related MaterialA set of show programmes (including some of the earlier ones) are available in the Reading Room.

The other main collection relating to the student show is: George Sinclair, stage manager: papers: 1933 - 2000s (MS 3890).

There are many smaller personal collections relating to the student show deposited by former students (including scripts, scores, records, annotated programmes etc.). Selected examples are:
'Beating Time': student show record: 1938 (MS 3467)
Aberdeen University Student Show collection of memorabilia: 1935 - 1995 (MS 3473 - MS 3475)
Eric Robert Russell Linklater, novelist: script of 'Rosemount Nights': 1923 (MS 3490)

MSU 301 - University of Aberdeen Students' Representative Council (S.R.C.) and Union Management Committee papers
MSU 591 - University of Aberdeen: class photographs, academic portraits and student magazine editorial staff
MSU 1452 - University of Aberdeen Sports Union papers

MS 4032 JF Mackay Student Show papers
Related RecordMSU 301
MSU 1073
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