Explore Aberdeenshires hidden histories online

Aberdeenshire Council.
Aberdeenshire Council.

As part of the national Explore Your Archive campaign, which began on Saturday, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives have created two virtual ‘story boxes’ to explore.

By delving into the boxes the public can explore stories like why a machine gun was placed on the Aberdeen Electricity Works in 1926, and how an appeal against press-ganging turned unexpectedly into a trial for wearing highland plaid.

The Explore Your Archive campaign is encouraging people to discover the stories, the facts, the places and the people that are at the heart of our communities. Archives across the UK and Ireland are taking part to raise awareness of the value of archives to society and of the rich variety of content that is held, preserved and made available to users.

The boxes can be accessed on the website History Pin whilst the original items will also be available for the public to explore further at their offices throughout November and December.

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives has a vast array of fascinating local stories in its collections – some are linked to national events like the General Strike or the First World War, whilst some provide a rare insight into what life was like in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in the past. The virtual ‘story boxes’ are just a small sample of what is waiting to be discovered.

Phil Astley, City Archivist said: “Visiting an archive can take you on an adventure – you may end up discovering much more than you imagined. Archives are full of fascinating content to read, touch and explore. And it isn’t available from Google.

“Take time to explore archives – whether you’re interested in family history, photographs of the area you grew up in, or the history of the area you live in now, there will be something to inspire you in archives.”

Aberdeenshire Council’s Chair of Education, Learning and Leisure, Isobel Davidson said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for people in Aberdeenshire to explore the history of this unique area in Scotland. We would like to encourage all residents of Aberdeenshire to share in the vast array of information available and take the time to find out about your local area in the past”

To view the story boxes, visit www.goo.gl/OTCBaQ.