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16 October 2014
Social Change: Employment 1945 to 1979

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Programme from the show 'The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil.

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The sudden growth and development of the North Sea oil and gas industries brought thousands of new jobs and made Aberdeen and its surrounding area one of the most prosperous locations in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s. As with the development of earlier industries such as coal, textiles and shipbuilding in the 18th and 19th centuries, writers and other artists found inspiration in the social and economic changes taking place in north east Scotland.


Image of cartoon 'The Boom’.

The 'Boom' cartoon by Starett

Stories, poems and songs have been inspired by working in the oil industry, as well as the effects of the oil boom on small communities in the north east of Scotland. Some writers have tried to place the oil boom in its historical context, comparing the effects of the growth and development of the oil industry to the effects of the depopulation in the Highlands in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

Some painters and sculptors have been inspired by images of oil drilling platforms and other scenes from life in the oil production industry. Sadly, memorials have been designed and produced to remind us of oil workers who have died in accidents when working in what can be a very hostile and dangerous environment in the North Sea.

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