Browse the shop

Aluminiumville: government, global business and the Scottish Highlands

by Andrew Perchard


For availability and pricing information please contact

This book will be available from May 2012, and may pre-ordered by ringing us at Carnegie on 01524 840111.

In 1895 the fledgling British Aluminium Company started work on its first aluminium reduction works at Foyers on the banks of Loch Ness. By the outbreak of the First World War – a conflict that was to transform the perception of the metal and the industry – the company’s two Highland factories produced 12 per cent of the total global production of the metal. This book charts this neglected history of an industry that became inextricably tied to imperial interests and national defence, and its impacts on the communities and landscape around its Highland works. With a Foreword by Rt Hon Charles Kennedy MP.

This heavy Highland industry is the subject of a new book to be published later this month by Dr Andrew Perchard, a lecturer in business history and strategy at Strathclyde University. (…)  Dr Perchard stresses: “This is a story about the Highlands being at the centre of a global industry. On the eve of the First World War, Foyers and Kinlochleven accounted for 12% of the global production of aluminium. These Highland smelters were the backbone of the aluminium industry in the UK for the bulk of the 20th century.” Read more on the Herald Website.

Herald Scotland (17/08/12)

‘New book charts how aluminium smelting has shaped Highland life
A new book about how aluminium smelting has shaped life in the Highlands over the past century was launched in Fort William on Monday. Aluminiumville is by Dr Andrew Perchard, a lecturer in Business History and Strategy at the University of Strathclyde Business School and was formely a post-doctoral research fellow on the history of aluminium project at the Centre for History, University of the Highlands and Islands.’

Oban Times (30/08/2012)

‘Aluminiumville is a magnificent achievement. It covers a great deal of ground. It is packed with interesting ideas and insights, all resting on extraordinarily thorough research.’

‘Book puts aluminium industry in the spotlight
The emergence of the aluminium industry in the Highlands has been put under the spotlight by a new book published this week. ‘Aluminiumville’, written by Dr Andrew Perchard – a former Research Fellow at UHI’s Centre for History – charts the emergence of the aluminium industry in the Scottish Highlands as part of the global trade in the metal.’

Ross-shire Journal (31/08/2012)

Date of Publication:
May 2012
234 x 156 mm

Delivery Info

We post out orders within 2 working days of receiving them. We use Royal Mail for most orders, and can send items by Special or Recorded delivery if needed. For large or heavy orders we may use a courier.

We use Paypal

Paypal handle all of our transactions. If you don't have a Paypal account you can still use the checkout process (and don't need to sign up with them either). If you have any trouble, do give us a call.

Give us a call

We can assist you with online orders or take your order over the phone. Either way, give us a ring on

01524 840111

No phone menus or hold music, just real people!

© 2011 Carnegie Online Shop Suffusion theme by Sayontan Sinha