Oil rigThe aim of the Capturing the Energy project is to promote wider recognition of the technical and cultural importance of the offshore oil and gas industry and encourage retention of significant records for research and education.

The University of Aberdeen is the hub of the network supporting this programme. Partners include:

  • Aberdeen City Council
  • BP
  • Business Archive Council (Scotland)
  • Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • Norwegian Petroleum Museum
  • Norwegian State Archives
  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
  • Scottish Enterprise Grampian
  • Shell
  • United Kingdom Offshore Operators Association
  • University of Aberdeen


Special Collections has established an Oil & Gas Archive to hold records collected as part of the 'Capturing the Energy' programme. There is a growing collection of industry-related archive material spanning forty years. All areas will be represented in holdings, including major companies, the supply chain and smaller, personal collections. The University acts as a physical repository for deposited material, but also as a virtual hub for information and resources relating to the industry held elsewhere.

The first project was recording the UK part of the Frigg system, tying in with similar work at the Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger. The project documented 30 years' of innovation and activity, creating an important, comprehensive and unique resource accessible to the public. A wide variety of material has been collected, including engineering drawings, technical manuals, operational records, company journals, photographs, and film and video footage. A selection is also available online. Personal memorabilia and interviews with people who worked in the industry captured the personal side, see here.