Industrial Heritage

Aberdeen is world-renowned for its thriving North Sea oil and gas industries but it also boasts a proud maritime and agricultural heritage stretching back hundreds of years.

The region's industrial growth has long played an influential role in not just Scotland's economic development, but in that of the UK as a whole. The granite extracted from Rubislaw Quarry for over 300 years to construct the city's distinctive grey buildings was also used to build Houses of Parliament and Waterloo Bridge in London.

Thanks to its flourishing oil and gas industry, Aberdeen ranks as one of the most prosperous cities in Scotland. Frequently cited as the Energy Capital of Europe, the city boasts one of the busiest commercial heliports in the world and Aberdeen Harbour, a state-of-the-art port which serves a myriad of offshore oil and gas facilities stationed in the North Sea.

The Energy Exploration galleries in the award-winning Aberdeen Maritime Museum feature educational and interactive displays tracing this aspect of the city's heritage from the events leading up to the discovery of North Sea oil deposits during the 1970s and 1980s through to what life is like for contemporary offshore oil workers.

Exploring the city's relationship with the sea, Aberdeen Maritime Museum also charts the development of the region's other key industries - fishing and shipbuilding. Located on the city's historic Shiprow, the museum's unique collections brings to life the age of the fast sailing clippers, the development of Aberdeen Harbour from its earliest origins to the present day, the rise and decline of whaling and much more.

In addition to its famous oil and gas industries, the region is also renowned for the quality and variety of its local produce. Aberdeenshire Farming Museum, located in Aden Country Park, makes use of costumed guides and audio-visual displays housed in a 19th century semi-circular farm steading to illustrate region's agricultural heritage.


Last update: 6 February 2014