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Treasure 69: Mrs Elmslie's Institution Plans by Archibald Simpson, 1837
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Treasure 69: Mrs Elmslie's Institution Plans by Archibald Simpson, 1837

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Treasure 69: Mrs Elmslie's Institution Plans by Archibald Simpson, 1837
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Treasure 69: Mrs Elmslie's Institution Plans by Archibald Simpson, 1837
Mrs Elmslie was one of a number of Victorian philanthropic benefactors sympathetic to the plight of those who were poor, neglected or homeless and on 19 November 1840, she opened the Aberdeen Female Orphan Asylum - known also as Mrs Elmslie's Institution - on 19 Albyn Place.

This lithograph shows the building as originally envisaged by architect Archibald Simpson with little gate-houses at either side of the street entrance. Aberdeen City Libraries hold a series of 14 plans of the granite building which have been bound together into a single volume. The collection includes elevations, sections and floor plans dated September 1837.

The Orphan Asylum closed its doors on 27 July 1891 and the remaining girls were transferred to the Girls' Home and School of Domestic Economy on King Street. The building was sold to the Aberdeen School Board for £4,500 and, after extensive additions and refurbishment, it became the new home of Aberdeen High School for Girls, renamed as Harlaw Academy in 1970.


Find out more about Mrs Elmslie and her Institution, including its rules and regulations, daily meals and class timetables, in the Treasures from our Collections exhibition on touchscreens in Central, Airyhall, Tillydrone and Mastrick libraries.
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Archibald Simpson, Aberdeen Female Orphan Asylum
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