GCU archives solve mystery of celebritys family history

22 June 2012

TV companies and other media outlets access the archive

TV companies and other media outlets access the archive

BBC programme makers have turned to Glasgow Caledonian University’s archives as part of their research for the hit series Who Do You Think You Are?

The television request is the latest in a long list of approaches to archivist Carole McCallum by TV companies and other media for access to GCU’s unique records and artefacts from the past.

While Carole is giving nothing away about the mystery celebrity who was tracing their roots in Who Do You Think You Are? with the assistance of GCU’s Audrey Canning, she did reveal that GCU’s research did yield surprising results.

“We have been approached by WDYTYA? a few times before and this was our most successful search to date,” said Carole.
Researchers for the BBC programme Coast have also been in touch. 

“We helped with information and material relating to the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders work-in for Coast. The researchers were particularly interested in the card of support that was sent to the shipbuilders by John Lennon and Yoko Ono,” Carole said.

Audrey, who takes care of GCU’s Gallacher Memorial Library, is currently providing information and images of Jessie Stephen, Scottish trade unionist, pacifist, politician, militant suffragette, domestic worker, socialist and reformer, for a BBC 2 programme.

GCU is also working with the BBC which is making a documentary about life on the home front during the First World War. 

And STV Local reporters have been regular visitors to source material for the Delving into the Archives series, revealing how the stories in the GCU shelves tell of Glasgow’s ongoing battle with healthy eating.