They are fascinating, shocking – and heart-breaking.

These images show Edinburgh and Glasgow in the late 1950s and early 1960s at a time when the nation was on the cusp of change, when traditional industries were struggling to survive and historic buildings were making way for modern designs.

Some capture Glasgow’s poverty-stricken Gorbals slums, where despite the grim surroundings, children play gleefully in the street. Others show the cheery bustle of the city’s shopping streets – and its last remaining trams. There are also shots of people travelling across the Firth of Forth in a ferry – one of the few ways to cross the river back then. And the Forth Road Bridge being built in 1964.

The late 1950s and 60s proved to be a time of huge change in Glasgow as its traditional shipbuilding industry on the River Clyde began to decline.

This was due to cheap labour becoming more readily available abroad, meaning companies could save money by having vessels built elsewhere.

At the same time, a new generation of high rise tower blocks and large housing estates – known as schemes – started springing up in a bid to replace the tenement slums.

Many were built outside of Glasgow in new towns such as Cumbernauld and East Kilbride – meaning many people moved away from the city.

Others, meanwhile, saw their houses demolished to make way for the brand new M8 motorway.

Many of the shipyards that were once located on the River Clyde have now closed. This part of the river is now home to Glasgow’s finance district

 

 

 

While on a trip on the ferry of Edinburgh in March 1964, Mr Hailstone was able to capture this incredible image of the Forth Road Bridge under construction. It opened in September 1964. With the opening of a new Queensferry crossing in 2017, the Forth Road Bridge now only carries pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.

 

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