Our new winter programme is now available and is shown below. All our winter talks are held in the MacRobert Hall, The Square, Tarland, AB34 4YL beginning at 7.30 pm except for the talk on Sunday 24th September which is at 4pm. Entry is £4.00 and all are welcome.
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Richard Bradley is Emeritus Professor of archaeology at the University of Reading. He led the excavation of Tomnaverie in 1999 and three other important excavations in the Howe of Cromar at Walkmill, Hillhead and Old Kinord. He will bring us up to date with the results of his latest research in north-east Scotland.
Stories and Songs
Bothy Ballad Champion Hector Riddell will entertain us with stories from his life in farming and sing some of the bothy ballads for which he is famous.
Mike Cooper is the former picture archivist for the Great North of Scotland Railway Association and is author of the book “The Great North of Scotland Railway -Then and Now”. He will take us on a virtual tour along the railway line from Aberdeen to Ballater.
Recent excavations at Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen have revealed 30 burials from the medieval Dominican (Black) friary as well as hints at remains of the buildings. This talk will present the latest evidence from this site and look at the other excavated medieval friaries, Franciscan (Grey) and Carmelite (White).
Aberdeen has for a long time been known as the “Silver City” and was famous for its granite industry. Many of the buildings which characterise Aberdeen were built with stone from this famous quarry. Hugh Black, owner of the quarry, will talk about this unique and iconic legacy of the granite city.
Local photographer James Dyas Davidson has been recording the abandoned farms and settlements in the remote glens of Aberdeenshire, the empty places where life once flourished. He will talk about his photographic expeditions to ruined buildings throughout north-east Scotland.
Simon Welfare, local author and broadcaster, will delve into the background of the Gordon family of Haddo and tell us about some of the more colourful relatives of Ishbel, Lady Aberdeen.
Ruaraidh Wishart is the Archivist for Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. CHG members have been assisting him in his project to transcribe local tax records from the nineteenth century. He will tell us about the taxes levied in Aberdeenshire during the Napoleonic wars and the information we can get from the tax records of that time.
Dr Gordon Noble is head of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Aberdeen. His talk will outline new dating evidence for the symbol tradition found in Pictland. The symbols appear to represent a non-alphabetic written language and this talk will explore new data on the origins and dating of this epigraphic tradition.