Pictures tell the story of the fall and rise of Ravenscraig

The demolition in 1996 of the iconic towers at Ravenscraig, at the time of its closure Europe's largest hot strip steel mill
The demolition in 1996 of the iconic towers at Ravenscraig, at the time of its closure Europe's largest hot strip steel mill
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Ravenscraig, past and present, will be the focus of a photography exhibition in Glasgow which will run until October 19.

The exhibition, entitled The Fall and Rise of Ravenscraig, will be staged at Street Level Photoworks at 103 Trongate and features the work of Colin McPherson who has poignant memories of the time when Ravenscraig finally closed its operation.

Colin was commissioned to photograph the demolition of the steelworks in 1996.

He explained: “The flattening of the iconic cooling towers and gasometer on that July afternoon took less than one roll of film to record. This happened four years after Europe’s largest hot strip mill had been closed down for good, following a long campaign to save the record breaking plant.”

There were just 770 people left working at Ravenscraig at that time but the impact was to be felt for a generation in the communities surrounding the plant.

Unemployment, and all its attendant consequences, gripped that corner of central Scotland.

Colin McPherson made a promise to himself to return one day to see what happened to the site and the area affected by the closure of the steel mill.

This year, with the aid of a grant from Creative Scotland, he returned to explore Ravenscraig, talk to those who had worked there and meet people who have tried to transform the site and build a future for the place.

The resultant images endeavour to show the landscape which resonates time and change and also some of the people associated with the legacy of Ravenscraig.

He said: “I was delighted to be given the opportunity to work exploring Ravenscraig’s past and present. I was fortunate to encounter people who had fascinating stories to tell about the past and also those looking to the future. I hope that the photographs on display at Street Level Photoworks will convey a true sense of the legacy of the mighty steel works at Ravenscraig.”

Further information about the exhibition can be found at Street Level Photoworks