History of ACE

Some members of the ACE collective were involved in running the Unemployed Workers’ Centre on Broughton Street as a campaigning and social space. Unfortunately this lively and successful community centre was forcibly and illegally evicted by Edinburgh Council on Dec. 1st, 1994.

Despite a lack of premises, activities continued to flourish. Then in February 1997, ACE found its “Centre” at 17 West Montgomery Place.

Around the period 2006 / 2007 ACE volunteers and friends undertook an extensive renovation and upgrading of the premises, resulting in the attractive space that exists today.

The ACE library/archive contains much material on ACE’s history.

The Unemployed Workers’ Centre is featured in the 1994 documentary ‘Global Dissent’, about punk bank Oi Polloi (skip to 2:47)

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