Scottish university launches oral history and N. Sea archive legacy project

A North Sea oil platform  in stormy conditions in 1976
A North Sea oil platform in stormy conditions in 1976

As the North Sea increasingly moves into late-life assets and on the dawn of the decommissioning end of life cycle, Aberdeen university is compiling an archive of industry literature, imagery and memorabilia.

The ‘Capturing the Energy’ project aims to work with N. Sea industry operators on both a corporate and/or personal level to preserve increasingly rare archive photos and spoken memories of a 50-year old industry which largely developed in a pre-digital era.

The North Sea oil and gas industry shares many of the same kind of folk-memories of personal heroism and tragedy – such as the Piper Alpha disaster – with the coal mining industry which is now virtually disappeared from UK life.

Katy Johnson, co-ordinator of the project, said: “’Capturing The Energy’ is interested in collecting records from across the industry, from the supply chain, professional bodies and trade associations.

“We’re also particularly interested in recollections of people who have worked in the industry as part of our oral history project.”

If you wish to take part in the oral history project or wish to provide archive material contact: 


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