The year 1970 was one of the most transformative in the history of Aberdeen.
It marked the moment it changed from the city it was, to the city it is now.
On October 7, BP announced the discovery of the massive Forties oil field in the North Sea, 110 miles east of the coast.
Also in 1970, the Corporation of the City of Aberdeen (as Aberdeen City Council was then known) put out a handbook subtitled ‘The Historic City with a Great Future’.
This fascinating book captures a place right on the cusp of a momentous change – but not fully aware of what was to come.
Oil only gets the occasional passing mention.
Instead, the book focuses on life in the Granite City: what it has to offer for visitors, how people get around, and what a normal day looks like.
The world of Aberdeen in 1970 is conjured up so vividly, we thought we could use the handbook as the basis for a little quiz.
Do you know your James Dun’s House from your Provost Skene’s House? Your Joe Harpers from your Bobby Clarks? Your Watt and Grant from your Esslemont and MacIntosh?
Test yourself below on 1970 Aberdeen.