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The Royal Athenaeum
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The Royal Athenaeum

Online Exhibitions
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The Royal Athenaeum
Online Exhibitions
The Royal Athenaeum
During its glorious age, the Royal Athenaeum was one of Aberdeen best-known places to eat.

The building, located on Castle Street, has always made been a perfect end to Union Street. Built in 1822 by Archibald Simpson (1790-1847), the building was designed as a newsroom for its first owner, Alexander Brown, bookseller in Aberdeen who had just become Provost. At this time, Brown hoped that his library would become a rendezvous for all wealthier citizens.

Learn more about its history by exploring this online exhibition. It follows the display organised at Local Studies service during the Scottish Local History Week 2015 whose the theme was "Food and Drink".

Get in touch!

If you have any historic Aberdeen photographs or information on the building that you would like to share with the wider public then get in touch with us at localstudies@aberdeencity.gov.uk.
Items included in this Online Exhibition
Plan of Athenaeum
The Royal Athenauem frontage
Floor plan of the Athenaeum
Map of the "Athenaeum News Room"