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Copyright and intellectual property issues


Since the early 1980's Almond Valley and its predecessors have amassed a collection of museum objects and archive material from the Scottish shale oil industry though donations from official sources and private individuals, and through occasional purchases. The Trust is also now custodian of the business records of many shale oil companies, which remain the property of BP Oil Ltd.

Our aim is to make many of these resources available for private study and research purposes through this website. For sake of completeness, we also include a number of images in the gazetteer section that are owned by other institutions or individuals and are reproduced with their permission.

As far as we aware, Almond Valley either hold the copyright of all material featured in this website, or have obtained consent to reproduce items owned by others. Where the identity of the copyright owner is not known for certain, it is the responsibility of the individual wishing to reproduce material to make all necessary attempts to trace the identity of the copyright owner and obtain the necessary permission. Please contact us in case of any query.

Our aim is to encourage the use of the resources published on this site to support further studies and research, and are happy to licence use of most resources under a Creative Commons attribution – non-commercial licence (Scotland). Under this licence you are free to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt work for non-commercial purposes providing that you attribute its source. This applies to all unattributed images and information on the website, but NOT to material attributed to other organisations or individuals. We would ask that images and extracts used under Creative Commons licence are attributed to Almond Valley Heritage Trust and, where practical, a hyperlink provided to www.scottishshale.co.uk.


creative commons


A proportion of our shale oil images have been licensed to SCRAN (www.scran.ac) who can supply and licence high resolution copies for private or for commercial use. Almond Valley can directly supply copies of other images from our collection under a similar scale of charges as those applied by SCRAN

Additional restrictions may apply to supply and use of images or information from the BP Oil archive.

See scale of charges for the supply of paper or digital copies for personal use



creative commons

We are happy to licence use of many images, extracts, and other resources of this website under a Creative Commons attribution, non-commercial licence (Scotland). See full copyright statement. Such material should be attributed to Almond Valley Heritage Trust and, where practical, a hyperlink provided to www.scottishshale.co.uk.