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The images presented in the ‘Images of Industry’ Exhibition were only a sample of a much bigger body of work. Working for the Falkirk Museum service (1979-82) photographer Tom Astbury captured hundreds of images, each telling stories of their own, and together relating the collective story of the Falkirk area’s 20th century industry. It is an historic tapestry in which the strands of ironworking, coal and fireclay mining, brickworks, paper mills, chemical works and shipping, are interwoven. The images may be black and white, but the picture they paint is full of colour. The eighteen photographs exhibited in Grangemouth sparked numerous conversations and brought many personal stories to light. The following 17 photos expand that narrative. The many other photographs of Tom Astbury, taken as part of his work for the Falkirk Museum Service, can be found at the Falkirk Archives in Callendar House.

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