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Seven Incorporated Trades  /


This imposing concrete building at the far end of Union Street contains a series of neoclassical stained-glass windows that face out towards the crossroads of Holbourn Street and Great Western Road. Comprising the seven trades of weavers, bakers, tailors, hammermen, shoemakers, wrights & coopers, and fleshers the glass reveals the significance of Trinity Hall on the city of Aberdeen.


The fleshers’ window displays a biblical figure standing over a slaughtered lamb on a butchers’ block, a menorah with almond cups lights the scene. He wears robes and holds a knife, the same one that appears on the crest opposite. An embroidered fleshers’ mort-cloth is exhibited inside the building and was once used on the coffins of butchers and slaughtermen who were members of the fleshers’ guild. 


First occupied in 1967, and designed by Mackie Ramsay & Taylor Architects, this modernist building was revolutionary when it was built. It re-uses windows of the previous Trinity Hall and its interior contains artefacts dating back to the 1600s. This striking interior bridges old and new, and contains furniture, paintings, and archival materials which map the history of the Seven Members of Incorporated Trade. It is now used for events, meetings and formal dances where guests socialise in front of Adam & Smith’s hand-crafted glass dating back to the 1890s.  

This project was a collaboration with writer Adelle Stripe who explored the city with me and created the stories and histories that sit alongside the thirteen main images from the exhibition. Secret Cities Aberdeen was part of the SPECTRA Festival of Light 2017 in Aberdeen and commissioned by Curated Place. 

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