The Leith Project

Industrial Ruins and Maritime Heritage

  • Hester Depel University of Edinburgh
Keywords: ruins, memory, nostalgia, industrialisation, leith

Abstract


This essay reflects on the politics of abandoned buildings juxtaposed with memorials to a thriving industrial past whilst walking through Leith. I argue that these abandoned buildings reveal capitalism's inherent obsolescence and counteract its teleological version of time. Drawing on Ingold’s notion of a “taskscape”, I show how multiple temporalities are enfolded into these decaying structures, and how they provide a canvas for contemporary political critique. These ruins provide a counterpoint to the view of Leith that is crystallized in the public artwork, or lieux de memoire (Nora 1989) valorizing its maritime history.

Published
28-May-2019
How to Cite
Depel, H. (2019). The Leith Project. Re:Think - a Journal of Creative Ethnography, 2(1), 90-100. Retrieved from http://journals.ed.ac.uk/rethink/article/view/2655