What do we do?

We are an informal local group whose main aims are to:-
  • Arrange events, visits and speakers
  • Become active in studies, surveys and conservation
  • Raise public awareness of our local heritage through our publication Echoes of Cromar’s Past
  • Collect, record and store information, objects and documents of local relevance
  • Publish appropriate records, reports and guides
Migvie Pictish Cross Slab

We research and produce articles on local history which are published in our annual popular publication “Echoes”. Some members of the Group get actively involved in local archaeological excavations and surveys.

We research and commemorate major events in both our lecture programme, Echoes articles and from time to time, by organising special exhibitions.

In 2014, our World War 1 exhibition highlighted the contribution made by local people to the war effort and remembered those who fought at the time.

We ensure that details of the research carried out by the group, together with the artefacts and testimony entrusted to us, is made available on-line. Some of us work on entering details onto a web-based database – see Archives. Where possible, we help those who are tracing their roots to find their links to the Howe of Cromar or to share their  research more widely.

As well as our well publicised Thursday evening talks, we have a members’ group that meets regularly to plan ways of pursuing the above aims.   We also venture forth on various outings, some of which are subsequently described in the Echoes.   Do join us if you want to support our activities – see the Member’s Page.

Where is Cromar?

The Howe of Cromar nestles in a ring of hills on the north side of the River Dee. Howe is the Scots word for a hollow or a vale. If you click on the aerial photo button in this map the geographical boundaries are obvious. The main communities are Tarland, in the centre, Coull, Ordie, Logie Coldstone and Migvie