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TITLE
Hydro Electric Display
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_17_016
PLACENAME
unidentified
PERIOD
1960s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
9281
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
appliances
displays
Hydro Electric Display

By the mid-1960s, with the continuing construction of hydro-electric stations, and with electricity available to most communities, the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board took every opportunity to promote the use of electricity in the home. Displays of all the new appliances, and demonstrations on their use were common in the local community halls, in addition to the well stocked hydro shop that became a feature of every village High Street. This photograph shows a display set up in part of a village hall. The array of appliances is considerable, with cookers, washing machines, spinners, heaters, blankets and whisks, all available to make life 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 Display

1960s

hydro-electric; appliances; displays

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

By the mid-1960s, with the continuing construction of hydro-electric stations, and with electricity available to most communities, the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board took every opportunity to promote the use of electricity in the home. Displays of all the new appliances, and demonstrations on their use were common in the local community halls, in addition to the well stocked hydro shop that became a feature of every village High Street. This photograph shows a display set up in part of a village hall. The array of appliances is considerable, with cookers, washing machines, spinners, heaters, blankets and whisks, all available to make life 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 />