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TITLE
Hydro Electric Display
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_17_017
PLACENAME
unknown
DISTRICT
unknown
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
UNKNOWN
PERIOD
1960s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
9283
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
demonstrations
displays
appliances
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 local hall decorated and ready to show the uses and benefits of electrical appliances. The larger appliances such as fridges, cookers and washing machines are the central features on stage and at the front of the hall. Along the sides, tables are set up to display the smaller items like toasters, irons, whisks and lamps. These displays and demonstrations gave the public a good chance to really see what appliances were available, and how they fit in to home and workplace.

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

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1960s

hydro-electric; demonstrations; displays; appliances

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.<br /> <br /> This photograph shows a local hall decorated and ready to show the uses and benefits of electrical appliances. The larger appliances such as fridges, cookers and washing machines are the central features on stage and at the front of the hall. Along the sides, tables are set up to display the smaller items like toasters, irons, whisks and lamps. These displays and demonstrations gave the public a good chance to really see what appliances were available, and how they fit in to home and workplace.<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 />