Article

'I see the site of the old colliery every day': Scotland's landscape legacies of coal

Citation

Mills C & McIntosh I (2020) 'I see the site of the old colliery every day': Scotland's landscape legacies of coal. Landscapes, 21 (1), pp. 50-71. https://doi.org/10.1080/14662035.2020.1864095

Abstract
This article examines how landscapes of abandoned collieries in central Scotland are used, understood and experienced within the context of de-industrialisation and its lingering effects. A mixed methodology was adopted that consisted of an on-line questionnaire, face to face interviews and on site observations, together with two case studies focusing on the Polmaise colliery site at Fallin (Stirlingshire) and the Devon colliery at Fishcross (Clackmannanshire). Analysis of the data revealed ambivalent and more complex relationships with the sites than the current literature suggests, and the strength and nature of these associations are dependent on the local topography, the socio-economic history of the site, and time.

Keywords
coal mining; de-industrialisation; post-industrial landscapes; social haunting; ambivalent landscapes; half life

Journal
Landscapes: Volume 21, Issue 1

StatusPublished
FundersMacRobert Arts Centre Ltd
Publication date31/12/2020
Publication date online31/03/2021
Date accepted by journal11/12/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/32110
ISSN1466-2035
eISSN2040-8153