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TITLE
Hydro Electric Exhibition
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_10_025
PLACENAME
unidentified
PERIOD
1950s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
8926
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
displays
agricultural shows
marquee
Hydro Electric Exhibition

This photograph was likely taken at a small summer agricultural show. With the construction of power stations moving along at a great pace throughout the 1950s, the hydro lines were stretching throughout the Highlands, providing communities everywhere with this wonderful cheap source of power. The North of Scotland Hydro Board took every opportunity to promote the use of electricity.

As well as the Hydro shop becoming a feature of every village high street, the Board set up displays at village halls and agricultural shows providing the public with the chance to see all the appliances available.

The photograph shows a marquee with a very prominent North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board sign and crest on display. The marquee has a large display of electrical appliances and no doubt employees ready to demonstrate their use. The large fridge in front entices all to 'drink cool refreshing milk now'.

The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.

Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.

The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000.


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Hydro Electric Exhibition

1950s

hydro-electric; displays; agricultural shows; marquee

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

This photograph was likely taken at a small summer agricultural show. With the construction of power stations moving along at a great pace throughout the 1950s, the hydro lines were stretching throughout the Highlands, providing communities everywhere with this wonderful cheap source of power. The North of Scotland Hydro Board took every opportunity to promote the use of electricity. <br /> <br /> As well as the Hydro shop becoming a feature of every village high street, the Board set up displays at village halls and agricultural shows providing the public with the chance to see all the appliances available. <br /> <br /> The photograph shows a marquee with a very prominent North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board sign and crest on display. The marquee has a large display of electrical appliances and no doubt employees ready to demonstrate their use. The large fridge in front entices all to 'drink cool refreshing milk now'.<br /> <br /> The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.<br /> <br /> Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.<br /> <br /> The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />