Talk reveals what lies beneath

4 March 2013

A free talk which offers a unique insight into one of Aberdeen's greatest civic projects will be held at 12.30pm on Wednesday 06 March at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow.

Curator Jenny Brown will give the talk to coincide with an exhibition of original photographs from the early 20th century of the Girdleness Outfall Scheme, which are on show at the museum until Saturday 15 June 2013.

During the Victorian era Aberdeen the city fathers had to address the sanitary requirements of the growing city. They wanted to ensure the system that was built would be able to serve the city for years to come.

The Girdleness Outfall Scheme was designed to discharge 81 million gallons of waste per day which equates to 300 gallons per day for a population of 270,000. In 2011, the city's population was still only 220,420.

Jenny will talk about the photographs on display and how they show the city's streets, and what lies beneath them, as they have rarely been seen. The images capture the scope of this impressive engineering project and reveal the men hard at work to build the sewer and the conditions in which they worked.

Advance booking is essential for the half-hour talk by telephoning (01224) 337714.