Explore our Museum Collection and other Resources

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Museum Collection

Search for museum objects and archives in our collection.

BP Archive

Search the surviving official records of the Scottish shale oil companies

Support collection

Original records not part of the main collection

Reference collection

Records held only as digital copies


Text transcribed from various records.

Digital library

Guides, papers, and local histories

Since the early 1980's we've assembled a large and varied museum collection that illustrates many aspects of the shale oil industry in Scotland. The collection ranges in scale from large items of machinery to individual paper documents, and records both the activities of the oil companies and the everyday life of the communities that served to industry

The museum is also custodian of the "BP Archive", containing the surviving official records of those Scottish shale oil companies that became part of the BP group of companies. Such documents relate mainly to legal and technical matters, but are nevertheless a unique primary source for research. Materials that have been lent to the museum for copying, published works, research notes, and other library items are held in a separate collection and offer a valuable resource to support research. The catalogue of all collections are published on this website, and many search results are linked to digital copies of these resources which can be downloaded.