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Treasure 114: Aberdeen Corporation Electricity Works
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Treasure 114: Aberdeen Corporation Electricity Works

Historic Documents
Léa Moreau
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Treasure 114: Aberdeen Corporation Electricity Works
Historic Documents
Treasure 114: Aberdeen Corporation Electricity Works
The construction of the Aberdeen Corporation Electricity Works at Dee Village and the associated cable subway was a major engineering feat for the city and constituted a significant step in its journey towards electrification.

The large scale generating station was first suggested in 1899 by Mr. James Alexander Bell, the Electrical Engineer for the city. This treasure from our collection is a photograph album that documents the construction of the site from the clearing of the land in 1901 to the operational station in early 1904. The full leather bound album contains approximately 78 photographs showing the clearance of the land, the construction of the building exteriors, interiors, erection of the chimney, laying of the cable subway and the installation of the then top of the line machinery. Images of the houses that occupied the land prior to the works are also included. The photographs themselves are beautiful 8 by 6 inch prints that show a great level of detail. Most of the images are labelled with the date they were taken, which eases following the complicated construction process. The photographs within our album constitute a unique record of an important piece of Aberdeen's civic and technological history.

Read about the full and fascinating history of this site and its development in the Treasures from our Collections interactive display.
Aberdeen Local Studies
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