A new book captures the people and places at the heart of Scotland’s industrial landscape in the post-war decades through the photographs and reflections of one of Scotland’s foremost heritage experts.
John R Hume, who retired as chief inspector of historic buildings in 1999, has been an avid photographer all his life with a particular love and understanding for Scotland’s industrial buildings and communities.
Many of the images focus on Glasgow and the west of Scotland, the heartlands of mining, foundries and construction but there are mills, river ferries and distilleries captured from further afield.
The photographs often record everyday moments in now lost endeavour and capture the trust and camaraderie of people often involved in dangerous and dirty work. Sartorially, they also reveal that the flares and long hair associated with the young Billy Connolly were far from unusual in the docksides of 1970s Glasgow.
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