Category Archives: Scottish Heritage

Sorting the nowt in the byre 1940s style

The farming year is always the same. A time for ploughing, planting and harvesting. Through all that work is the need to look after animals on the farm. I was brought up on a mixed farm called Drumnaheath beside Kintore in Aberdeenshire. We had pigs’ hens, turkeys for Xmas selling, sheep and cattle. The cattle […]

The Meal and Ale the 1940s disco night for rural Aberdeenshire folk

The Meal and Ale the 1940s disco night for rural Aberdeenshire folk The harvest celebration Up to the late 1940s the celebration of the hairst being finished was celebrated in each district of Aberdeenshire with an evening eating drinking dancing and listening to local talent doing their party piece. Nothing different about that you might […]

Harnessing Steam Power to Industrialise Britain

Early use of steam power  Progress is not one big idea but many thousands of small modifications to what was in the past. One great invention was the steam engine that saw the conversion of heat energy to motion. The steam engines were transformative machines, they redefined how fast and far we could travel around […]