The amazing thing about stopping in a street or in the middle of the city and taking 20 seconds to look around you is that there is history everywhere. Most people don’t even know it. You could be walking to lunch one day during your break and be walking past some of the most significant links back in time without even knowing it. I discovered the Lion Chambers building in Glasgow as a result of this small experiment.
How many Dundonians know that there is a statue of William Shakespeare in the city? What makes me sad is that eventually things like this will disappear. Take the image above for example. Those tank defences used to be on the shore line. Now they are almost 600 yards away from the water when the tide is out and every year they sink further into the silt that is washed downstream. Further inland and one will find old military bunkers and positions.
I explored one of Alfred Nobel’s first explosives factories a year or so ago. Now almost entirely reclaimed by nature it is now only possible to see some of the original laboratories in satellite imagery. These are all links to Scotland’s past. And these will all eventually disappear.