The Reel Archives

“The Reel” was founded in September 1951, the brain-child of Hugh Foss, chairman of the RSCDS London Branch. He was assisted by Tony Lindsell-Stewart and the first editor Irene Stewart. Originally published 6 times per year with up to 4 pages per issue, more recently a quarterly publication of up to 20 pages. As well as notices of London Branch and other club events, “The Reel” includes articles about Scottish Country Dancing and a correspondence column. Many topics of interest today such as interpretation of dances, ballroom etiquette, promoting Scottish Country Dance and RSCDS branch membership are covered by erudite and witty articles and letters.

All previous issues of “The Reel” are available to view in PDF format. Issues 1-234 are scans of printed copies. There is an index page for each batch of 25 issues which includes a note of the highlights of each issue.

Reels Years Editors
1 – 25 1951 – 1955 Irene Stewart, Hugh Foss, William Dunn, Bill Nicoll, Jimmy Anderson
26 – 50 1955 – 1959 Jimmy Anderson
51 – 75 1959 – 1963 Jimmy Anderson, Elma Taylor, William Southon
76 – 100 1963 – 1968 William Southon
101 – 125 1968 – 1973 William Southon, Sandy Morrison, Rita Marlow
126 – 150 1973 – 1980 Rita Marlow, John Laurie
151 – 175 1980 – 1986 John Laurie, Andrew Brown (Issue 165 only)
176 – 200 1986 – 1992 John Laurie, Jeremy Hill, Andrew Kellett
201 – 225 1992 – 1998 Andrew Kellett
226 – 250 1998 – 2005 Andrew Kellett, Jim Cook, Daniel Capron
251 – 275 2005 – 2011 Daniel Capron, Wilson Nicol
276 – 300 2011 – 2017 Wilson Nicol, Jeremy Hill
301 – 2017 – Editorial team