Achievements

Capturing the Energy logoSince 2006 Capturing the Energy has completed a number of projects that contribute to its aim of preserving the history of the UK offshore oil and gas industry. 

  • Capturing the Energy houses the Lives in the Oil Industry oral history archive, the outcome of a joint project between the University of Aberdeen and the British Library to collect and preserve first-hand experience of the North Sea oil and gas industry.
  • In partnership with Total E&P UK and the Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger, Capturing the Energy participated in the Frigg documentation project, recording the UK part of the Frigg system between 2007 and 2008. The collection now forms part of the Oil & Gas Archive.
  • Between 2008 and 2010 Capturing the Energy commissioned a scoping survey of recordkeeping in the UK offshore oil and gas industry, carried out by the Business Archives Council of Scotland. The survey report helped develop our understanding of which records held across the industry are of enduring historical importance.
  • Capturing the Energy is an active participant in the European Oil and Gas Archives Network (EOGAN) and hosted the network’s fourth annual conference in 2013.

In addition, we're currently working on a number of exciting initiatives including:

  • The creation of new collections within the archive featuring some of the North Sea's most significant and well-known fields
  • Interactive features such as a mobile app designed to showcase stories that capture the history of the oil and gas industry and its economic and social impact
  • Updating the advice regarding the management of historical records contained within the government's authoritative Decommissioning Guidance
  • Development of a standard approach to identifying and transferring archive files as part of new industry-wide information management practices led by the Oil & Gas Authority
  • Supporting an eye-catching new exhibition, Age of Oil, by Sue Jane Taylor at the National Museum of Scotland from July to November 2017 followed by a similar exhibition at the University of Aberdeen in early 2018