Bringing the Page
the Water of Leith Exhibition
Bringing the Page to Life was staged at the Museum of Edinburgh in 2004 and then travelled to various venues in Scotland and also London and France. The exhibition examined the papermaking industry on the Water of Leith
during the twentieth century until the closure of the last mill in the 1989. It focused on
work in the mills, technological change and innovations in the industry, range of paper
and paper products, impact and shape on the communities along the Water of Leith and the
demise of the industry. It looked at the workers employed in the industry, their
roles, jobs, employment conditions; relations between workers and managers; training;
social organisation; welfare provision and facilities; role and impact of the unions and
hours of work.
This exhibition gave visitors the opportunity to learn about the history
of papermaking on this river, examine the working lives of the mill employees and look at
the impact the papermills had on the communities in which they were based. They also
had the unique opportunity to listen to the personal reminiscences of those who worked in
the papermills on this river.
If you would like to view text of the papermaking exhibition click here