Work starts on new Aberdeen attraction

Work started today on the renovation of Provost Skene’s House (PSH), which is being redeveloped under the City Centre Masterplan.

The new attraction – scheduled to open in autumn next year – will showcase more than 100 individuals from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire who shaped the modern world.

The line-up will range from Professor John Mallard, who helped develop the MRI body scanner, to music superstar Emeli Sandé to rower Katherine Grainger, Britain’s most decorated female Olympian

The PSH site will be made secure prior to the erection of scaffolding to allow work to be carried out on the roof, walls and windows. Border plants are being removed and will be stored before being returned to their original positions.

Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “Work is under way to conserve one of Aberdeen’s best-loved buildings ahead of giving it a new and exciting role in city life.

“Our cultural, heritage and tourism offering continues to grow, with the launch of P&J Live nearly upon us, Aberdeen Art Gallery re-opening in autumn, and Union Terrace Gardens about to undergo its own transformation.”

Among those who will be featured is Annie Pirie Quibell (1862-1927), who helped unveil the mysteries of Ancient Egypt.


Above, Annie (right) and sister-in-law Kate at El Kab. Credit: Griffith Institute, University of Oxford

Born in Aberdeen, she was one of the first women to enroll on a new Egyptian Archaeology course at University College London in 1892 and was later chosen as one of only two female students to join an excavation team at Saqqara in 1895.

She wrote a guidebook to Cairo Museum for soldiers stationed in the Egypt during the First World War and produced another covering the pyramids of Giza.

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Main photograph shows Councillor Jenny Laing (left) with Aberdeen City Council Contract Manager Paul Clark