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Aberdeenís lost department stores feature in new exhibition


An exhibition which takes a fond look back at three of the best known department stores from times past in Aberdeen has opened at the Tolbooth Museum, Castle Street.

Springtime Fashion Drawing for Falconers by James Hayden Fettes, 1940. (Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Collections) Long before city shopping malls, the independently-run department stores of Falconers, Watt & Grant and Esslemont & Macintosh were located in the bustling thoroughfare of Union Street.

The stores were renowned for providing an array of goods including women's fashions, menswear, children's clothes and household goods.

Although these stores have long gone, many of the items sold by them form part of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Collections; some of which are featured in this exhibition.

Victoria Ward, curator, said: "This is a lovely display about three of the independently-run department stores, which graced Union Street. As well as clothing bought from the stores, visitors can also see fashion drawings by artist James Hayden Fettes, which were created for Falconers and scrap books from Watt & Grant, which have not been on display before."

Going Away Skirt Suit and Blouse, wool and crepe, sold by Watt & Grant, 1950. (Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Collections) Three of the best: The lost department stores of Aberdeen, runs until Saturday 10 May 2014.

Opening times

Monday – Saturday


Closed Sunday

Admission free