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New book reveals Aberdeenís city centre through the years


A new book which tells the story of Aberdeen's city centre over the past 200 years has gone on sale today [Wed 04 Dec] making it an ideal Christmas gift for anyone interested in local history.

With the book are L-R Christopher Croly, historian, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums ,Catherine Taylor, team librarian, Aberdeen City Libraries  and  Martin Hall, archivist, Aberdeen City Archives. Aberdeen City Centre through Time explains the history of the Granite City; from the Bridge of Dee, through the city centre to Old Aberdeen. The book has been compiled and written by Chris Croly, historian, at Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, Fiona Musk and Martin Hall, archivists at Aberdeen City Archives and Catherine Taylor, team librarian with the City Council's Library Service.

The book contains a wealth of historic images of the city and newly commissioned photographs of the same locations as they are today. The new photographs have been created by photographer Mike Davidson, of Positive Image.

Chris Croly, historian, said 'It has been a real pleasure working on this collaborative project. Aberdeen has evolved over the best part of a thousand years and continues to change. The pace of change has accelerated significantly in the last 200 years.

"We have tried to capture and reveal aspects of that change and evolution in photographs but also in drawings and artists impressions, based on historical and archaeological evidence."

Published by Amberley Publishing, the book costs £14.99 and is available to purchase from the following city centre premises:

  • Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct;
  • Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill;
  • Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow;
  • Tolbooth Museum, Castle Street;
  • Waterstones book store, Union Street.