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00 Exhibition Panels: Brickworks

00 Exhibition Panels: Brickworks

At one time, there were sixteen brickworks in Fife, making bricks for mills and factories, industrial chimneys and kilns, as well as weavers’ cottages, miners’s rows, and underground construction in all the pits. Former workers share their memories and photos.

00 Exhibition Panels: Engineering

00 Exhibition Panels: Engineering

 A group of retired engineers share a life-time of memories and experiences from the world of precision engineering. They served apprenticeships with a prestigious Kirkcaldy firm, Melville-Brodie Engineering Company and became experts in many areas of engineering.

00 Exhibition Panels: Hydro Electric Scheme

00 Exhibition Panels: Hydro Electric Scheme

Exhibition Panels: Hydro Electric Scheme

The advent of hydro electric power tranformed homes and communities, not only bringing energy but also workers from a’ the airts. This section of the project focuses on the Lednock dam and power station, near Comrie, Perthshire, which is one of the seven covered by the The Breadalbane Scheme. Among the workers were the ‘tunnel tigers’, the men who dug the tunnel broke a world record in 1955.

 

00 Exhibition Panels: Railways in Perthshire

Exhibition Panels: Railways in Perthshire

00 Exhibition Panels: Shuttle-Making

00 Exhibition Panels: Shuttle-Making

Shuttle-making at Luncarty

William Patton (b.1859) was the first of three generations of shuttle-makers who worked in Ordie Shuttlemill. Betty Robertson father, also William, was apprenticed to his father in the 1920s, and then in 1947 her brother William began his apprenticeship at the same mill.

 

 

01 Grimsay Week 1-5 November 2016

01 Grimsay Week 1-5 November 2016

Talking to Ourselves: Recording Community Memory with Dr. Margaret Bennett and Linda MacLeod.

Lecture: Eric R. Cregeen - Living  accounts of Island Life by Dr. Margaret Bennett. 

Exhibition: The Photos and Notebooks of Eric R. Cregeen.

01 Ian MacGregor

01 Ian MacGregor

Interviewed by Margaret Bennett of Ian MacGregor, son Sheila Stewart and Grandson of Bella & Alex  Stewart of the Stewarts of Blair. 

MB: Ian, when I began this project your Mum told me that she worked in the mill in Blairgowrie.

IM: That's right, yes, she worked in Keithbank Mill and I was there for a winter as an apprentice mechanic. I'd be about 15 at the time.

01 Lednock Dam: Arthur Allen, civil engineer

01 Lednock Dam: Arthur Allen, civil engineer

MB:  Were you involved in the design of Lednock dam?

AA:   Yes. It is a buttress dam … the rock was sound enough to take high stresses which you don’t get with more common what we call massive gravity dams which is really like a huge block of cheese spread across the valley. Some thought I was being a bit daring in the process which had been used in the United States a lot.

MB:  Was the fact that the dam is in an area earthquake tremor at least was that a consideration in your planning?

AA:   Yes, it was. Comrie was noted for it’s earthquakes the 10 years in which most occurred was 1870 to 1880, I think, but anyway  because of that I felt there should be some recognition of that made the result of an impact assuming that the dams safe perfectly ok is that the dam has to move with the shock. Therefore the water it drops then the dam comes back and it rises again so the is this undulating pressure on the dam and the shock on the base of the dam when the earthquake passes through. In the case of Lednock the assumption was made that instead of it storing water it was storing an imaginary fluid that was 15% heavier than water. So the mobility in an earthquake was accounted for by imagining the dam to hold a heavier liquid.

01 Martha Soutar

I was born in Auchterarder in 1923, and my father was a railwayman, Tom Soutar. He started off as a railway porter at Auchterarder Station, and then he went on to become a relief railwayman and travelled to various stations. He did guard work when necessary –

 

01 Melville-Brodie Retired Engineers Club - Meeting 21 August 2013

01 Melville-Brodie Retired Engineers Club - Meeting 21 August 2013

End of the Shift Project: Meeting of Grace Notes Scotland with the members of the Melville-Brodie Retired Engineers Club,Kirkcaldy, at  Grange of Locherlour Ochtertyre on 21 August 2013. 

They Taught Us Skill300 200Publication: Taught us Skills for Life: We are the Engineers

Members: William Black, Dougie Reid  Ron Fleming and  John Greig.

01 Mining in Fife: Jim Douglas

01 Mining in Fife: Jim Douglas

Jim D: I was born in Kelty, Fife, which is a wee mining village.

MB: And were your people miners?

JD: Goin away back, my grandfather was a winding engineman at a wee place called Lassodie, which is about two miles from Kelty, an that’s the man that sits an works the levers an lowers the cages down to the bottom and brings them up again of course, an also bringin up coal, other stuff like that. ...  

01 The life and legacy of Eric R Cregeen

01 The life and legacy of Eric R Cregeen

Internationally renowned social historian Eric R. Cregeen (1921–83) was one of UK’s prime movers in recording oral history. Rigorously trained by the Irish Folklore Commission in the 1940s (while recording for the Manx Folk-Life Survey), Cregeen settled in Scotland (1954) taking up posts with the University of Glasgow then, in 1966, with Edinburgh’s School of Scottish Studies.

Speaker:  Professor Margaret Bennett
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland & Honorary Research Fellow, The University of St Andrews

December 5, 2016 at 2 p.m.

01 Wemyss Brickworks: Gary Nurse

01 Wemyss Brickworks: Gary Nurse

GN: I worked at Wemyss Brick Company which was established in 1906. It was owned by the Wemyss family that own Wemyss Castle. Up to its demise in 2004 (I think it was) when it was knocked down, it was the only brick work in the country run by a family because it was passed on through generations... Bowman had the site before 1906 and he leased it from Wemyss but his lease ran out - so the Wemyss say - and Michael Wemyss probably thought 'we'll go and take it over.' The clay for the Wemyss brick company came from the 'pogs' just outside Kennoway.
MB: What was the mode of transport?
GN: Lorries, and when I was there, up till 1973, the kilns were coal fired and after ’73 they were gas fired. There was a new kiln built which was more up to date and then a second kiln built in ’76 because the business was expanding.  But it was closed down in 2001.

01. Songs and Poems End of the Shift Song

01. Songs and Poems End of the Shift Song

Poems and Songs of Toil:

These recordings are part of an Oral History project documenting the lives industrial workers in Perthshire and Fife. The project is a collaboration of Grace Notes Scotland, a charity dedicated to handing on traditions to new generations. Funded by Heritage Lottery and the Gannochy Trust, ‘The End of the Shift’ team recorded over 70 people, aged 15 to 103. The song texts can be downloaded from www.gracenotescotland.org Additional songs may be downloaded with an educational pack.

01. West Stormont Historical Society

01. West Stormont Historical Society

Chairman of the group is Rosalind (Ros) Pearson and the Secretary is Isobel Mathieson

 Interview by Margaret Bennett – 12May 2014

 Informants:

Michael Farquhar, Ann Farquhar, John MacKay, Jean Dickson, Betty Robertson, Ella MacFarlane, Russell Ritchie, Isobel Morrison & Bill Fairweather

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