Hillbank Works, Dundee. A flax mill and jute mill on Alexander Road/Dens Road in Dundee.

Snapshot in Time: photography and industrial heritage

STICK held its 2021 conference on Wednesday 17th November 2021 – “Snapshot in Time” – to discuss the importance of photography as a documentation and advocacy tool for industrial and transport heritage.

Photography is an invaluable tool for recording industrial and transport history – it is ideally suited for rapid documentation in a world where dramatic or catastrophic change can occur to the fabric of industry, almost overnight, and revolutionised the documentation of historic sites. 

STICK ran a photography competition alongside the conference. You can read more about it here.


10.00 – 10.10 Welcome and introduction                           

10.10 – 10.40 Photography and Industry – an evolution through time by David Mitchell, Historic Environment Scotland

10.50-11.10 Photographing Industry at Historic Environment Scotland: recording, sharing, advocacy by Miriam McDonald, Historic Environment Scotland 

11.20-11.40 England’s Coal Fired Power Stations – a Photographic Record by James O Davies Team, Lead Photography, Historic England

11.50-12.10 Recording Cottam: Photographic recording of coal-fired electricity generation by Ben Russell, Science Museum 

12.20-1.15pm LUNCH                   

1.15-1.35 The Sir William Arrol Collection – iconic photographs on the brink of oblivion by Miles Oglethorpe, Historic Environment Scotland

1.45-2.05 Surface Remains at Auchanbeg, Pre-Dalquhandy Opencast by D Bruce McCowan, Professional Engineers Ontario Education Committee

2.15-2.35 Photography competition winner results

2.45-3.05 Panel Discussion

The conference was free! But if you are able to support our work by making a donation, you can do so via KoFi.