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2 November 2016

Archaeology and history of Scotland’s north east to be highlighted

Community event heads to Aberdeen for the first time

1920s black and white photo of Castle Street in Aberdeen with busy market

This November Aberdeen is set to host Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference for the first time. The day-long event will showcase the important community-led heritage work carried out by groups and initiatives throughout the local area and further afield.

Celebrating archaeology, history and heritage at a local level, the Aberdeen Community Heritage Conference will be held at the city’s iconic landmark the Aberdeen Town House, which dates back to the 1870s, on Saturday 12th November.

As well as a series of talks, interactive workshops and displays, the Aberdeen event will feature a number of guest speakers, including a talk on the Huntly Histories project – an initiative which encourages people to share their stories and memories of Huntly and the surrounding areas to create a unique record of local history and heritage.

Another highlight comes from the Aberdeen Women's Alliance, whose Women's Heritage Walk tells the stories of some of the Aberdonian women who have made significant contributions to the city over the centuries.

Historic Environment Scotland’s Communities Liaison Manager, Eve Boyle, said:

This conference is the perfect opportunity for people to explore the history and heritage on their doorstep. It is a great chance to hear both from experts and from those involved in community-led projects and initiatives, and we hope it will help and encourage those attending to become more engaged themselves.

“With specialists on hand to offer advice, guidance and a series of interactive workshops, it promises to make for an engaging event.”

Bruce Mann, Archaeologist at Aberdeenshire Council, added: “Over the years this conference has become an invaluable opportunity for local people and groups around Scotland to come together and share their experiences. The depth and standard of community projects that changes our understanding of the past continues to impress me. This conference is a great celebration of that, and I’m very happy to see it come to Aberdeen for the first time.”

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference is organised and delivered in partnership with Archaeology ScotlandHistoric Environment ScotlandScotland's Urban Past, the SCAPE Trust, Dig It! 2017 and The Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives.

Further information about the event and how to book can be found through Eventbrite.

The Community Heritage Conference in Aberdeen is the final in a series of three conferences taking place across Scotland this year. The event takes place on Saturday 12th November from 10am-5pm at the Aberdeen Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1AQ. Tickets are priced at £10 each and includes a light lunch and refreshments.

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Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016

2016 is the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design (IAD). Through a series of exciting events and activity, the year will showcase Scotland's position as an "innovation nation", its outstanding built heritage, and its thriving, internationally acclaimed creative industries sector. This is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland and supported by a variety of partners.

Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016

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