Based on his book 'Scotland's Lost Industries', author Michael Meighan will recount the fascinating story how Scotland grew to have a major place in furnishing the world with manufactured goods and how we delivered that with a great merchant fleet of Scottish built ships. Scotland floored the world with linoleum and carpet, sent ships, locomotives and industrial machinery worldwide and was at the centre of the great industrial revolutions - steam, oil and electronics. Aberdeen has had no less a place in Scotland's industrial past – including the machines that turned the granite for the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the granite that paved the streets of Britain. Quarrying, fishing, whaling, shipbuilding and oil exploration have all have contributed to a jigsaw of interdependent industries that saw Scotland rise as a major industrial nation. Copies of Michael’s book will be available for sale at the event.