Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives

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Something for your archives when we're on the other side of this. Hope it is of interest. Stay safe everyone.
Hi, I understand you have the records for the old trades hall in Old Aberdeen? I’d like to access them if I can and, if possible see the minutes of the Kirk Sessions in Insch from the 1860-70s. Can come along anytime. Thank you.
Where if possible, would I get records for inmates of the Aberdeen Poor House, Aberdeen in 1914. TIA.
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Wouldn’t it be nice if Aberdeen City Council were to spend a bit more money on the Archives? The information which is currently available is fantastic but the computers which are available for tge use of the public are archaic and one at each location means that the number of people who can visit is seriously limited. I love visiting the Town House Archives but the space is seriously cramped.
The thing is that there is so much info available that it could be tied in with the Family History Society and The Tourist Board so that visitors had a much better idea of just how much information there is. I found the name os my illegitimate grandmother’s father thanks to the archives and she was born in 1872.
Just published (free to read)

https://www.facebook.com/internet.archaeology/videos/2066631923636690/

Cameron, A., Stones, J.A. and Croly, C.P. et al. 2019 Excavations at Aberdeen's Carmelite Friary, 1980-1994, Internet Archaeology 52. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.52.1
I just read a blog that talked about 'Journeymen' apprentices in Germany and how they had to travel around for 3 years doing work to become a full tradesman. Would that be the same in Scotland? My 3X g grandfather seems to have disappeared around 1834 from Aberdeen and he was a Tinsmith Journeyman. Perhaps he died elsewhere. Would there have been records kept somewhere of their journeys?? Any comments appreciated. Thanks!
I have found several entries for my 3x great grandfather Thomas Nichol Bartie and his siblings in the Boys and Girls Hospital Aberdeen. Do you hold the application forms that had to be submitted to the hospital for entry or any other documents relating to this.
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Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives is the gateway to the written history of the North East of Scotland. We collect, preserve and make publicly available the historical records belonging to Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils

Operating as usual

28/07/2021

Some #holidayfood and an #ArchiveHoliday wouldn't be complete without many a coffee break as well. This extract from an Aberdeen Council meeting in 1702 shows an act of Council encouraging the sale of coffee, tea and chocolate within the burgh. It gives George Cruikshank license to sell these commodities for 19 years within Aberdeen...without being taxed!

The act takes up two pages in the Council Register and makes a detailed argument in favour of opening a coffee-house on the grounds that every burgh of significance within the Kingdom – every “considerable burgh” – has one. It would allow Aberdeen to trade in and sell the exotic commodities that Cruickshank offered.

Some #holidayfood and an #ArchiveHoliday wouldn't be complete without many a coffee break as well. This extract from an Aberdeen Council meeting in 1702 shows an act of Council encouraging the sale of coffee, tea and chocolate within the burgh. It gives George Cruikshank license to sell these commodities for 19 years within Aberdeen...without being taxed!

The act takes up two pages in the Council Register and makes a detailed argument in favour of opening a coffee-house on the grounds that every burgh of significance within the Kingdom – every “considerable burgh” – has one. It would allow Aberdeen to trade in and sell the exotic commodities that Cruickshank offered.

26/07/2021

We love some #holidayfood, and what's better than fish and chips for tea? This sign is from the Frying Fish chipper, located at 25 St Andrew Street, on the corner of George Street. The building warrant applicant was James Barnet, Restauranteur, but the design is the work of a local plumber. Many other similar designs seen throughout the city were merely template-works or copies.

[Early 1930s]

#ArchiveHoliday

We love some #holidayfood, and what's better than fish and chips for tea? This sign is from the Frying Fish chipper, located at 25 St Andrew Street, on the corner of George Street. The building warrant applicant was James Barnet, Restauranteur, but the design is the work of a local plumber. Many other similar designs seen throughout the city were merely template-works or copies.

[Early 1930s]

#ArchiveHoliday

Photos from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives's post 21/07/2021

Camping holidays require a certain type of fashion, particularly in the 1900s...

Possibly near the Linn of Dee, Braemar c. 1918

#ArchiveHoliday #holidayfashion

19/07/2021

Bathing suit and swimming cap fun down at the beach in Aberdeen in the mid 20th Century.

#HolidayFashion #ArchiveHoliday

Bathing suit and swimming cap fun down at the beach in Aberdeen in the mid 20th Century.

#HolidayFashion #ArchiveHoliday

John Ross - "This Drunken Freak" 16/07/2021

John Ross - "This Drunken Freak"

The latest Criminal Portraits blog features John Ross, originally from Lossiemouth...

John Ross - "This Drunken Freak" According to the pencil note above John Ross's photograph, he came from Lossiemouth. Perhaps it was his new-found freedom or the excitement ...

16/07/2021

When you think you've packed lightly for your holidays but still need help with your luggage for the hotel transfer...

#HolidayTransport #ArchiveHoliday

When you think you've packed lightly for your holidays but still need help with your luggage for the hotel transfer...

#HolidayTransport #ArchiveHoliday

Photos from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives's post 14/07/2021

This photograph shows a group of holiday-makers outside the Fife Arms Hotel in Braemar. They're getting ready to board a Daimler bus for a trip, perhaps to the river in the second image for some fishing? The latter looks much more peaceful than boarding the bus!

[Ref: AHB/11/1/25/29 & 34, c. 1910s]

#archiveholiday #holidaytransport

Arthur Ross - "The Accused's 'Speciality' Appeared to be the Theft of Horse-Hair" 13/07/2021

Arthur Ross - "The Accused's 'Speciality' Appeared to be the Theft of Horse-Hair"

The latest Criminal Portraits blog features Arthur Ross, a vagrant whose stock-in-trade was the theft of horse-hair...

Arthur Ross - "The Accused's 'Speciality' Appeared to be the Theft of Horse-Hair" A newspaper report from The Aberdeen Daily Journal of 31st August 1901 records that Arthur Ross had spent a combined total of eight of the l...

Photos from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives's post 12/07/2021

What would your #holidaytransport of choice normally be? In early 20th Century Aberdeen, it could have been a tram to the beach! The beach line was opened on the 4th July 1901 and transported holiday makers to the seaside to enjoy some sun, sea and sand! Aberdeen’s last trams famously met their end in flames at the Beach Boulevard on the 3rd May 1958...cheaper and more flexible bus transport had arrived in the city.

Or, have you heard of the Cruden Bay tramcar? This ran on an electric tramway built by the Great North of Scotland Railway, who owned the Cruden Bay Hotel. The tramcar operated from 1899-1932, transporting wealthy visitors to the hotel. The railway line through Cruden Bay was closed to passengers in 1932 but the trams continued to carry goods and laundry until March 1941, when the army requisitioned the hotel. The hotel never reopened and was sadly demolished. However, a restoration project for the trams was established in in the late 1980s. Both the restored Cruden Bay tramcars are now housed in the Grampian Transport Museum: https://www.gtm.org.uk/exhibitions/gtm-permanent-collection/cruden-bay-hotel-tramcar/

Grampian Transport Museum
#ArchiveHoliday #trams #tramcars

Photos from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives's post 09/07/2021

These images of Ballater from 1910 and 1948 are brilliant views of a wonderful #holidaydestination in Royal Deeside. Taken from Craig Na-Coille, they show Dalliefour Wood and the Craigendarroch Summit loop in the background.

According to this pamphlet (c. 1970s), which encourages visitors to the area, Royal Deeside 'offers the holiday-maker the best that Scotland has to give. Golf, tennis, bowls, shooting and fishing of the highest order, walks, drives and excursions in profusion, and everywhere all the time the pure, sweet Highland air, mountains, space, peace and for those who wish it, solitude'.

#archiveholiday

Photos from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives's post 07/07/2021

Don't you just love these 1980s leaflets promoting Aberdeenshire as a #HolidayDestination? Their bright colours and catchy phrases would encourage us to visit, not to mention the whisky trail…

#archiveholiday
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Albert Becker - Fingerprint Technology Comes to Aberdeen 05/07/2021

Albert Becker - Fingerprint Technology Comes to Aberdeen

The latest Criminal Portraits blog features the professional conman, Albert Becker, and the first use in Aberdeen of fingerprints to identify a suspect....

Albert Becker - Fingerprint Technology Comes to Aberdeen Albert Becker was a professional swindler who was apprehended in Huntly in November of 1904 after conning a number of clergymen of the Episc...

05/07/2021

We've shared this image with you before, but couldn't help sharing again for our #ArchiveHoliday topic today...#HolidayDestination. This eye-catching flyer would definitely encourage us to visit the 'Silver City with the Golden Sands'. Will you make the North East of Scotland a holiday destination this year?

We've shared this image with you before, but couldn't help sharing again for our #ArchiveHoliday topic today...#HolidayDestination. This eye-catching flyer would definitely encourage us to visit the 'Silver City with the Golden Sands'. Will you make the North East of Scotland a holiday destination this year?

05/07/2021

We're taking part in the Archives & Records Association Scotland - ARA Scotland's social media campaign for the Summer: #ArchiveHoliday!

We're going on a weekly trip from July to September via our collections, showing you different items that relate to various holiday themes.

[Image of Aberdeen beach links c. 1950s]

We're taking part in the Archives & Records Association Scotland - ARA Scotland's social media campaign for the Summer: #ArchiveHoliday!

We're going on a weekly trip from July to September via our collections, showing you different items that relate to various holiday themes.

[Image of Aberdeen beach links c. 1950s]

James Stuart - The Fraudster From Fyvie 29/06/2021

James Stuart - The Fraudster From Fyvie

The latest Criminal Portraits blog features the colourful character, James Stuart, originally from Fyvie....

James Stuart - The Fraudster From Fyvie The previous blog featured the final image from the "Register of Returned Convicts for Aberdeen" which forms part of the historical record...

Timeline Photos 25/06/2021

Timeline Photos

Another world is possible: Aberdeen People’s Press and radical media in the 1970s
Dates: 16 July – 25 Sept 2021
Times: Thursday - Saturday, 12:00 to 17:30
Location: The worm, 11 Castle Street, AB11 5BQ

Join us on Thursday 15th July at 6pm for the opening of Another world is possible: Aberdeen People’s Press and radical media in the 1970s. In The worm’s first physical exhibition since 2020, we are excited to reappraise the role of APP in Aberdeen’s printing history, proposing it should have a more preeminent role in the city’s social and political history.

Aberdeen People’s Press operated between 1973 and 1984, publishing a fortnightly alternative local newspaper, pamphlets and books, as well as providing a printing service for a wide range of radical groups, community newspapers, trade unions and campaigning organisations.

In addition to its printing and publishing activities, Aberdeen People’s Press also acted as a hub, a meeting place for many of the city’s activist groups, a node in a wide network of people and communities across the city, Scotland and the UK.

For Peacock Visual Arts, this exhibition is a way of expanding its focus on fine art printmaking to embrace other, more transient, forms of print. It is also a reminder of the common roots of PVA and APP in the politically exhilarating years of the early 1970s when ambitious projects were built with imagination rather than with money. PVA and APP emerged in Aberdeen’s scene within months of each other and shared the hands-on, collaborative ethos of the time which, today, is once again expressed in the exhibition: on one side the display about the life and times of Aberdeen People’s Press, and on the other the possibility for local citizens and activist groups to produce a poster at 'Peacock Poster Workshop'.

The exhibition itself reminds us that many of the issues that were addressed by Aberdeen People's Press and radical activists of the 1970s are still being disputed today. It also reminds us that many years before us, self-organised groups of people in Aberdeen believed that their collective actions could change lives and society. Hopefully, APP’s work will not be lost and will continue to be an inspiration to us and for generations to come.

The exhibition was collectively curated by:
Ian Stuart Baird, Mick Bloor, David Francis, Margaret Lochrie, Charlie Lynch, Alan Marshall, Norman Miller, Peacock Visual Arts - Nuno Sacramento, Denise Pierrot, Andrew Rigby, Dave Scott, Sandy Scott, University of Aberdeen Special Collections – Andrew Macgregor, Mike Vallance.

https://peacock.studio/worm/showing/another-world-is-possible

#aberdeen #peacockaworkshopforart #radicalpress #creativitymatters

16/06/2021

The latest Criminal Portraits blog takes a look at Christopher Byres, a resident of Castle Street, Albion Street, Wales Street and Constitution Street....

https://criminalportraits.blogspot.com/2021/06/christopher-byres-our-last-mugshot-from.html

The latest Criminal Portraits blog takes a look at Christopher Byres, a resident of Castle Street, Albion Street, Wales Street and Constitution Street....

https://criminalportraits.blogspot.com/2021/06/christopher-byres-our-last-mugshot-from.html

15/06/2021

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10/06/2021

The latest Criminal Portraits blog looks at the elusive Donald McNab...

https://criminalportraits.blogspot.com/2021/06/donald-mcnab-elusive-convict.html

The latest Criminal Portraits blog looks at the elusive Donald McNab...

https://criminalportraits.blogspot.com/2021/06/donald-mcnab-elusive-convict.html

Photos from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives's post 04/06/2021

Thinking of visiting Portsoy for an icecream during this spell of glorious weather? We've got a new blog about the town's history that might interest you!

https://aberdeenarchives.blogspot.com/2021/06/a-history-of-portsoy.html

Enjoy!

21/05/2021

And finally this striking property. Can you help us identify it for our catalogue?

And finally this striking property. Can you help us identify it for our catalogue?

21/05/2021

Next up is this mystery house, with a distinctive half rotunda with dome above at the entrance. Do any of our followers recognise it?

Next up is this mystery house, with a distinctive half rotunda with dome above at the entrance. Do any of our followers recognise it?

Photos from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives's post 21/05/2021

A couple more photographs from the Harbour Board collection that have been puzzling us: first up is this ruined property. Does anyone recognise it? It's in a box with images of standing stones on Orkney and Lewis.

William MacDonald - "Daftie" and the theft at Tarland 21/05/2021

William MacDonald - "Daftie" and the theft at Tarland

The latest Criminal Portraits blog features William MacDonald, also known as "Daftie"...

William MacDonald - "Daftie" and the theft at Tarland Along with the amazing collection of mugshots that form the basis of this blog, Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire Archives is fortunate to hold ...

Timeline Photos 11/05/2021

Timeline Photos

Monthly memories (and Local and Community History Month) brings us this image which our records say is on the Hill of Doune. We're not convinced! Who can help us out?
And any information about the occasion would be great

Photos from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives's post 06/05/2021

Does anyone recognise this location? 🧐

The images are from our Aberdeen Harbour Board Collection and we're struggling to pinpoint it! The photographs come from a box titled 'Germany'. However, the majority of the images from this box have been from the destinations of the Stella Polaris cruise ship's 'Capitals of the North' tour, which was definitely not confined to German cities!

The cruise started in Newcastle, before visiting Hamburg, the Kiel Canal, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Krondstadt, St Petersburg, Tallinn and Gdansk (not necessarily in this order!). The tour travelled across the Baltic Sea between 1927-1938 - as you would imagine, some of the locations have changed drastically since then.

We're sure someone will know where it is - the two larger buildings you can see are quite distinctive!

[NB: to make things that little bit more challenging...some of the images may have been reversed during the photographic/scanning processes].

More information on the 'Stella Polaris' can be found at: http://thegreatoceanliners.com/articles/stella-polaris/

Photos from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives's post 30/04/2021

Our final response to the query #WhyArchives? is from our newest staff member Kim, who started working with the service in March 2020. Despite not having much contact time with our physical records this year, she is still enthusiastic about the interesting records our collections hold (especially in their digital format!).

'If you've got an investigative mind, nothing is more satisfying than delving into original source material to find information and answers. Working with historical records to research a vast array of topics is a fantastic way to learn new skills and knowledge, and be a detective for the day! I really enjoy looking at the Poor Relief records held in our collections, which can provide a brilliant insight into the challenges of life for residents of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire during that time. We're lucky to have some of these digitised, so I've been able to learn about them from home this last year.'

See https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/libraries-and-archives/aberdeen-city-and-aberdeenshire-archives/catalogues-and-indexes/poor-relief-records for more information on these records.

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Town House, Broad Street
Aberdeen
AB10 1AQ

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Please send enquiries to [email protected] We have two offices: Main office for Aberdeen City records: Town House Broad Street Aberdeen AB10 1AQ 01224-522513 [email protected] Opening hours: 09:30 - 16:30 Wednesday to Friday Closed Monday and Tuesday Main office for Aberdeenshire records: Old Aberdeen House Dunbar Street Aberdeen AB24 3UJ 01224-481775 [email protected] Opening hours: 09:30 - 16:30 Monday to Wednesday Closed Thursday and Friday

Opening Hours

Monday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm
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