Remembering the North British Rubber Company

Date: 19 October - 30 November 2015

Price: Free

IMPRINTS by Norman McBeath

Venue: St Bride’s Community Centre, 10 Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, EH11 2DZ
Exhibition Open: Monday - Thursday 10.00am - 3.00pm, Friday 12 noon - 3.00pm, Saturday 12.30pm - 2.30pm.

This exhibition celebrates the fascinating history of the former North British Rubber Company (NBRC) building at Castle Mill Works, by Fountainbridge.
Castle Mill Works once stood at the heart of a major industrial complex employing thousands of people in Dalry, Gorgie and Fountainbridge.

As part of its exciting programme of projects inspired by the important history of Castle Mill Works, Edinburgh Printmakers asked photographer and artist Norman McBeath to create IMPRINTS, a series of ten ‘photogravure’ prints. Before creating IMPRINTS, Norman spent time taking lots of photographs in and around Castle Mill Works during Autumn 2014. He also found old newspaper and magazine adverts for products made in the NBRC. Have a look in the display case to see some of these amazing adverts that date back to 1914.

As part of the project, Edinburgh Printmakers has been looking for people who have memories of the NBRC. With the help of local libraries, community centres and groups including the ‘NBR Wrinklies’ club for ex-employees, we have collected some fascinating stories from those who worked there, as well as products and other objects used in the factory. We hope you find them as interesting as we do.

Norman McBeath is a photographer and printmaker whose work focuses on people and places. The National Portrait Galleries in London and Edinburgh have sixty of his works in their collections.  His work has been shown widely in the UK and abroad, most recently at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago.  Earlier this year he was awarded a fellowship at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland.  His most recent work, ‘Light Box’, a collaboration with the poet Robert Crawford for the UNESCO 2015 International Year of Light, was launched at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

If you have memories of the NBRC or want to find out more about future projects inspired by Castle Mill Works’ amazing history, we would love to hear from you.   Contact Hannah on or write to Hannah Rye, Learning & Access Officer, Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street, EH1 3LR

Established in 1967, Edinburgh Printmakers is a visual arts charity with an international reputation as a specialist centre for fine art printmaking.  
Edinburgh Printmakers has been awarded funding to restore the former North British Rubber Company HQ building at Castle Mill Works into its future home, due to open Autumn 2018.
We have raised £8million so far.  We need your help to create this fantastic art centre and vibrant community resource.  Ways to make a donation:

• To give £5 text CMWS001 to 70970.
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For more information email: or write to Bekki Churcher, Project Development Manager, Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3LR.  We thank you for your support.

Image © Norman McBeath