Your writings and reminicences
Troops guarding Addiewell Chemical Works, probably during WW1
In this section of the website, we're very happy to publish your writings, reminicences and research.
- A Different Way of Life: Holidays in Stewartfield Rows, Broxburn, by Peggy Charlton. Memories of visiting her grandparents and experiencing a completely different way of living in a shale mining village
- A Future for the Past, by Vera Turnbull. A dissertation focussing on the former shale oil village of Livingston Station and it's incorporation into the new town of Livingston
- A Prayer, by W. Jones. A touching poem written for those who lost loved ones in the explosion at Burngrange No. 1 & 2 Pit on 10th January 1947
- The Burngrange Disaster, by John Crombie. A moving poem written in the aftermath of the tragic accident on 10th January 1947 where 15 men lost their lives at Burngrange No. 1 & 2 Pit
- Bygone Days, by John Crombie. Reminiscence of growing up in the lost shale mining village of Gavieside
- It's Scotland's Oil, by Tom McVicar. Reflections on life at Mossend, free rides up the Westwood bing, and instant roast beef.
- Memories of Dean Street, Livingston Station and its Occupants, by Elaine Gathercole and Sarah Shanks (née Syme)
- No Clover for the Major, by Joseph Savage. A heartfelt short story of the oil shale mines of West Lothian
- Old Scullion, by William G. Greenhorn. A poem about a likeable old tramp who lived in a primitive shelter constructed entirely of rubbish picked up on his rounds near Pumpherston Oil Refinery
- Shale Oil, by MacNib. A poem lamenting the end of the preferential rate of tax on home produced road fuels and, as a result, the demise of the Scottish Shale Oil Industry
- Winchburgh: A Case Study of Village Settlement in the Lothians Shale Field, by John R. Meikle. A dissertation, written in 1974, exploring why the shale oil industry which created the large village of Winchburgh died and what happened to the village after the death of the industry
- Ode to a Shale Bing by Douglas Campbell Barrows. A poem about the work of a shale miner and the creation of the bings