Part of Historic Environment Scotland
Section of a roof with displaced tiles


Traditional processes for preparing and exploiting materials, such as brick, timber, stone and metal, are shown. The main industry shown is construction but mining and felling are also included.

Casting the past

Casting of railings using the traditional green sand moulding method.

Glenboig Clayworks

Clay being mined and made into firebricks and other items at Glenboig Clayworks, Lanarkshire.

Locharbriggs Sandstone

Quarrying and finishing of Locharbriggs sandstone and buildings where the finished stones were used.

Open quarry excavation

Opencast quarrying for aggregate.

SEFA – Granite

Granite quarrying from dynamiting the quarry face through to finishing off building stone blocks and decorative carving.

The sawmill in the forest

Small scale tree felling and processing into timber.

Images and videos are provided courtesy of the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive, apart from "Casting the past".
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