Scotland at Work

Photography Project

1990s

 

Background

I began by photographing the different types of work being carried out in Edinburgh.

I later extended this projects to include other parts of Scotland, mainly Central Scotland, in order to include some of the industries that did not operate in Edinburgh.

 

Companies Visited

Please scroll down this page to see links to some of the photos that I took on my 'Scotland at Work' project in  the 1990s.

OR

 click on this link to see the some photos of 'Edinburgh at Work'

YEAR PHOTOS TAKEN

COMPANY VISITED COMMENTS
WHERE

 

B

Ballantyne's Foundry  -  Bo'ness  -  Casting Metal

Ballantyne Boness Iron Co

Iron Foundry

The Falcon Foundry was one of three foundries in Larbert, a small town about 3 miles NW of Falkirk, when I visited the area in the early-1990s.

Falcon Foundry specialised in catering equipment.

Larbert

West Lothian

 

C

Scotland at Work  -  Carberry Candles, Midlothian, Scotland

1992 to 1996

Carberry Candles

Candle Makers

At the Carberry Candle works, in the 1990s, I saw some interesting machinery.  There was a machine for dipping candles, invented, invented by the owner's father or grandfather.

Other machines purified oil, greased wicks, cut wicks, tapered the candle ends  and made night lights.

Carberry

Midlothian

Carnoustie Castings

1995

Carnoustie Castings

Iron Foundry

Carnoustie Castings had a foundry at Carnoustie, beside the North Sea, about ten miles to the east of Dundee. Carnoustie is well known for its golf course.

When I visited Carnoustie Castings in 1995, one of the items that they were casting was a pillar box.

Carnoustie

Tayside

Clyde Shaw Steelworks  1 - The Furnace

1993

Clyde Shaw

Iron Foundry

Clyde Shaw had a large foundry at Motherwell, producing some very large castings, and ingots of metal that were sent to England for use by the motor industry.

This was one of many heavy industries in the area, along with Ravenscraig Steel Works, in the 1990s, but most are no longer operating.

The Clyde Shaw foundry closed in 1923.

Motherwell

Lanarkshire

During World War One

A F Craig

Engineering

It was photos like this one, of workers in the A F Craig works at Paisley taken during World War One,  that encouraged me to start  my projects photographing people at work in Edinburgh and Scotland during the 1990s.

Paisley

Renfrewshire

 

F

Falcon Foundry  -  Casting Metal 

1995

Falcon Foundry

Iron Foundry

Falcon Foundry was one of three foundries based in the small town of Larbert, about three miles NW of Falkirk, when I visited the area in the early 1990s.

The foundry specialised in catering equipment

Larbert

Stirlingshire

 

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North British Distillery, Cooperage, West Calder  -  1995

1995

North British Distillery Cooperage

Cooperage

The NB Distillery is near Hearts' football ground at Gorgie, Edinburgh.

In the early-1990s, the company had a small cooperage yard beside the distillery, but their main site for the cooperage and bonded warehouses was (and still is) at Muirhall, West Calder, West Lothian.

Muirhill,

West Calder

West Lothian

 

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James Ritchie & Son  -  Repairing public clocks in the workshop at Livingston

1992 to 1996

James Ritchie & Son

Clock Makers and Repairs

James Ritchie & Son are based in Edinburgh, where they sell and repair watches and small clocks.

The company made many of the public clocks around Edinburgh.  In 1991, I visited their works in Livingston, West Lothian, where they repaired large public clocks.

Livingston

West Lothian

 

 

All Companies

Edinburgh at Work

   Photograph of people at work in Burton's Biscuit Factory  -  with 'Edinburgh at Work' title

Scotland at Work

   Carnoustie Castings

      

 

 

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