Plans have been lodged to create a replica World War 1 trench at The Gordon Highlanders Museum in an effort to bring in more visitors.
Bosses at the venue, which battling for survival amid a cash crisis, believe the above-ground addition could help secure its future – as well as offer guests an insight into the horrors of trench warfare.
The museum’s chief executive Bryan Snelling said the trench could cost £40,000 – which will be supplied by an anonymous donor especially for the project.
The Viewfield Road site is in the middle of a £300,000 fundraising drive to ensure it remains open.
Mr Snelling said the trench project was unconnected to that – but expressed some hope it could make the venue more appealing to visitors.
He added: “We had this idea long before the fundraising campaign, and we won’t be using money donated as part of that to pay for it.
“The only way we have been able to contemplate doing it is because of our anonymous donor.
“But this would support our aims for the museum’s future by attracting more visitors and making it more sustainable.”
Plans submitted to Aberdeen City Council include detailed images drawn up by the city’s Covell Matthews architects of how the intricate network of trenches is envisioned.
The World War 1 channels were designed in an angular fashion so enemy intruders could not gain a clear line of sight and injuries from blasts and shrapnel were kept to a minimum.
If it is rubber-stamped by local authority planning bosses, Mr Snelling hopes to have the structure open to the public in time for the 100th anniversary of the end of the war in November next year.
He said the idea was something which he had been mulling over for more than two years, since visiting the Staffordshire Regiment Museum in England and seeing something similar.