Papermaking on the Water of Leith

Finkelstein, David and McCleery, Alistair and Bromage, Sarah, eds. (2006) Papermaking on the Water of Leith. Birlinn Press, Edinburgh.

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Up until the mid twentieth century the Water of Leith was an important industrial centre for Edinburgh, particularly in papermaking. At the height of industrial production there were 76 mills at work along this 24-mile stretch of river; many of those mills were papermills undertaking a range of production activities. These mills were at the heart of the communities along the Water of Leith, with most employees coming from the local area and many living in mill housing provided by the firms. This book examines the papermaking industry on the Water of Leith during the twentieth century, from before the Second World War through to the closure of the last mill in the 1989. It focuses on what it was like to work in the mills, the technological change and innovations in papermaking that occurred in these mills, the range of paper and paper products produced in the Water of Leith area, how the mills shaped the communities along the river, and the effects on community life caused by the subsequent demise of the industry

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Sarah Bromage was researcher on the SAPPHIRE project from 1999 to 2004. David Finkelstein is Professor of Media and Print Culture at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh and Alistair McCleery is Director of the Scottish Centre for the Book at Napier University
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Media, Communication and Production
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2008 13:45
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2011 12:03


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