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TITLE
Hydro Electric Demonstration
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_17_004
PLACENAME
Banff
DISTRICT
Banff
PERIOD
1960s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
9266
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
demonstrations
displays
appliances
Hydro Electric Demonstration

By the mid-1960s hydro-electric was becoming available to most communities in the Highlands. The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was eager to get as many households as possible wired for electricity, and fitted with all the new appliances. The High Street of most towns had a Hydro shop, and displays to show off these appliances and demonstrations on their use were common.

This photograph shows a demonstration in Banff. The venue for these demonstrations and displays was usually local halls which would be decorated for the occasion with banners and plaques all promoting hydro electricity. The back drop for this display is a banner with pylons and hydro lines stretching into the distance, a sight becoming very common in the landscape of the Highlands and Islands. The large crowd watches as demonstrations of appliances, large and small are put to the test. It appears that the ladies on the right are using older methods and hand whisks, and to the left, very likely the newer, faster electrical appliances, proving the point the Hydro Board has been extolling that electricity makes things a lot easier.

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 Demonstration

1960s

hydro-electric; demonstrations; displays; appliances

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

By the mid-1960s hydro-electric was becoming available to most communities in the Highlands. The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was eager to get as many households as possible wired for electricity, and fitted with all the new appliances. The High Street of most towns had a Hydro shop, and displays to show off these appliances and demonstrations on their use were common.<br /> <br /> This photograph shows a demonstration in Banff. The venue for these demonstrations and displays was usually local halls which would be decorated for the occasion with banners and plaques all promoting hydro electricity. The back drop for this display is a banner with pylons and hydro lines stretching into the distance, a sight becoming very common in the landscape of the Highlands and Islands. The large crowd watches as demonstrations of appliances, large and small are put to the test. It appears that the ladies on the right are using older methods and hand whisks, and to the left, very likely the newer, faster electrical appliances, proving the point the Hydro Board has been extolling that electricity makes things a lot easier.<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 />