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Voices of the Forest: A Social History of Forestry in Twentieth Century Scotland, the project book, is now available, by Mairi Stewart and published by Birlinn.


Touchwood booklets

A series of publications highlighting the story of forestry in different areas of Scotland in the twentieth century, published by the Forestry Commission.

Those available at the time of writing are:

‘The smell of the rosin, noise of the saw’ - the story of forestry in Mid Argyll in the 20th Century (See Forestry Memories picture No 988)

‘The forest is a beautiful place to be’ - the story of forestry in The Great Glen in the 20th Century (See Forestry Memories picture No 989)

‘No rivalry but different’ – the story of forestry in and around Glenmore and Rothiemurchus in the 20th Century (See Forestry Memories picture No 990)

‘The forgotten forest’ – the story of Whitelee Forest in the 20th Century (See Forestry Memories picture No 991)


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Forestry History Links

Louise Senior is an anthropology PhD student who's doing research in Caithness, looking at the history of Dunnet Forest. Amy Cutler is also a PhD student, working on social ideas of the past attached to forests. In June 2013, she ran a small exhibition called 'Time, the deer, is in the wood at Hallaig', on the theme of forest memory in Britain. (The title is a line from the poet Sorley Maclean.) This took place in the belfry art gallery space of St John on Bethnal Green, a Grade 1 listed building designed by John Soane, in London. It includes wood specimens (particularly related to dendrochronology) from the Kew Museum of Economic Botany, texts by researchers in environmental history, social history, geography, and dendrochronology, and works on the topic by artists such as Alec Finlay and Camilla Nelson. She will also be launching her own book work, Nostalgia Forest, on one of the nights, and is hoping to have evidence/ excerpts from particular oral archives of forests.

Forest Heritage Scotland - Joint website between FCS and RCAHMS detailling the remnants of built heritage in Forestry Commission Scotland ground. Rich with multimedia content.

The Women's Timber Corps - Rosalind Elder's website about the women who worked in the forests during World War 2.

Letters from Beauly - Dedicated to Pat Hennesy of the Canadian Forestry Corps who served in Scotland during World War 2. Life in the camp and surrounding woodlands is vividly evoked in his letters home.

The Foresters - Link to Jim Miller's book, published by Birlinn Press.

Woods and People: Putting Forests on the Map - Link to David Foot's recent book, published by the History Press

Ledmore and Migdale Woods (Woodland Trust) - ongoing research exploring the natural and cultural heritage of an inhabited woodland in south-east Sutherland.


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