Tall Chimneys: Scotland's industrial giants, 28 October 2021

15 September 2021
Join Dr Moses Jenkins for a talk on Scotland's industrial tall chimneys - record-breaking structures that were the envy of the world.

Travel back in time with us to the days when Scotland's industrial architecture was the envy of the world...

Inspired by classical architecture, breaking world records and perfectly combining functional and decorative considerations, Scotland’s industrial tall chimneys have many intriguing tales to tell. This illustrated talk will take the audience through the fascinating historical development of Scotland’s tall chimneys.

Join Dr Moses Jenkins for a 50-minute talk followed by a 30-minute Q&A.

Places are limited so book now for just £10 

Beginning in the 18th century when industrialisation saw the earliest examples constructed, the majority of the talk will focus on the golden age of tall chimneys in Scotland, the 19th century.

This will include an examination of the way they were constructed – including the story of how to take a slice from a chimney hundreds of feet in the air to correct a constructional defect.  

The two tall chimneys which broke the world record for height – both in Glasgow – will be considered, as will the incredible diversity of form and decorative treatment applied to these utilitarian structures. Scotland’s tall chimneys were the envy of the world but are today mostly demolished and largely forgotten, something which this talk will seek to correct.


Join Dr Moses Jenkins for a 45-minute talk followed by a 30-minute Q&A on 28 October 2021. The webinar will be recorded and the recording made available to ticket holders for 7 days after broadcast.

The event will be chaired by Dr Allan Kennedy, senior lecturer in history at the University of Dundee, and History Scotland’s consultant editor.

Registration fee: £10. Starts 6.30pm UK time. To find the start time in your time zone, visit TimeAndDate.


Dr Moses Jenkins is Senior Technical Officer with the Historical Environment Scotland Technical Research team. He studied history at Stirling and Glasgow universities, and has completed a PhD in traditional brickwork at Dundee University.


Registration fee: £10. Starts 6.30pm (GMT+1) on 28 October 2021. To find the start time in your time zone, visit TimeAndDate.

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