About the Trust
The Garlogie Beam Engine Trust was formed in 2019 with the aim of taking over responsibility for what was the Museum of Power from Aberdeenshire Council. This includes the Category A listed 1830s beam engine which is unique in Scotland as the oldest steam engine still in its original location.
The vision of the Trust is to make the beam engine and the 1920s hydro-electric power plant in the adjacent building generally accessible once again and in due course to restore the beam engine and water turbine to operation. The associated buildings will also be repaired and maintained. The forward phases of the vision are as follows:
Set up: Creation of Garlogie Beam Engine Trust, negotiation with Aberdeenshire Council for a long-term lease on Museum of Power buildings and surrounding mill remains. As of August 2020 lease negotiations with Aberdeenshire Council are ongoing. We are not expecting the process to conclude until mid-2021 at the earliest due to planned parallel lease discussions between Aberdeenshire Council and the Garlogie Village Hall trustees.
Phase 1: Creation of membership and friends organisation, reopening of site to the public, application for grant funding for the conservation and preservation of the buildings.
Phase 2: Building conservation work, seek grants and sponsorship for the restoration of the beam engine to motion, conservation of the water turbine with associated electrical equipment and its evaluation for future use.
Phase 3: Restoration of the beam engine to steam if deemed feasible and desirable, installation of steam plant. Public steaming demonstrations. Restoration and operation of equipment for electrical power generation.
Phase 4: Future ideas include: enhancement of the museum as an industrial, historical and social heritage site. Additional interpretative displays and working exhibits to tell story of wool spinning at Garlogie. Additional displays of steam engines, other types of engines and electric machines. Use of site and exhibits as an educational resource for teaching science and engineering to school students and undergraduate students. Use of site and exhibits for the advancement of knowledge of social history of the area and the story of the mill workers and their families.
Recent Progress and forthcoming activities
- We have had a series of helpful meetings with Aberdeenshire Council about setting up a 99 year lease to enable the Garlogie Beam Engine Trust to take control of the site and commence work on delivering our vision for making it accessible to the public and restoring the beam engine and power turbine. We will give further news here when we have it.
- We are sorry to report that the September 2020 Aberdeenshire Doors Open Day event, which was such a success last year, was canceled due to the current coronavirus epidemic. We have made a video tour of the Garlogie Mill site, and posted it on our Facebook and Youtube page.