Treasures from our collections

The 'treasures from our collections' exhibition has revealed some fascinating items from our archive and collections since it began in July 2015.

The project

Every month until the Central Library's 125th Anniversary in July 2017, we have unveiled five more items reflecting themes such as music, cinema, literature, dance and theatre which showcase the cultural heritage of Aberdeen. In addition we have also featured guest treasures from collections held by City Archives, NHS Grampian Archives and Aberdeen Journals.

Highlights from the past two years include photography by George Washington Wilson, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Archibald Simpson plans, J. T. McIntosh science fiction collection, our earliest Aberdeen printed book from 1624, Raine from the Clouds by Edward Raban, Capitol Cinema souvenir brochure, a selection of Chapbooks from the 19th century, Bon Accord holiday editions and many more.

More recently we have added Aberdeen Artists Society early programmes, Railway Station plans, political cartoons and we finish in July with Tivoli Posters, Charters and our guest treasure from Regensburg Libraries.

View the treasures

All treasures are available to view online at The Silver City Vault.

Touchscreens in Central, Mastrick, Tillydrone and Airyhall libraries have brought the treasures to life in an exciting interactive exhibition which reveals the story behind each item.

Treasures activity sheets

Why not test your knowledge of the library's treasure trove, colour in some majestic butterflies and design your own treasure? Print off some fun Treasures Activity Sheets.

Tell us what you think

The 125 Treasures team has already received comments about the project and would be very happy to receive more. Remember to tell us which treasure is your favourite when you view the exhibition! Write it on a comment card next to the screens or e-mail localstudies@aberdeencity.gov.uk to tell us why you like it.


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