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The Aberdeen Children of the 1950s are 12,150 people born in Aberdeen between 1950 and 1956. When they were in primary school, they took reading and maths tests as part of a study done by University of Aberdeen. The goal of the original study was to discover the causes of learning disabilities. The children's test results were linked to other school records and to birth records in the  Aberdeen Maternity and Neonatal Databank.

Today, researchers use the data collected from the children of the 1950s to investigate a wide range of questions about society. These researchers have worked with members of the cohort, who are now in their 70s, to create this online exhibition exploring the history of the cohort study, and memories of 1950s Aberdeen.

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Credits: Krzysztof Adamczyk, Heather Clark, Penny Dade, Sandra Duggan, Yvonne Hendry, Marjorie Johnston, Louise Locock, Emma Raymond, Aileen Walker, William Walker.

With thanks to: Aberdeen City Archives, NHS Grampian Archives and the Scottish Book Trust.