The Friends of Duff House present a series of talks on Thursday afternoons; held in the Long Gallery with lift access. Timed to allow a delicious light lunch in the tea room and/or afternoon tea afterwards!

All talks are from 2pm to 3pm (17 Nov talk runs until 3.30pm)

20 October

The Development of the Country House Tradition in Banff, Buchan and Formatine by David Walker. Starting with William Adam and Duff House, via Neoclassicism, Greek Revival and Italianate styles, British and Scottish forms, decline in the 20th century, right up to a rebirth in very recent times.

27 October

Recording and Interpreting Moray's Burial Ground Archive by Keith and Helen Mitchell. The talk will cover the subjects of how to go about finding individual grave sites, making use of local publications and restoration techniques. Duff House interest is included with Duff of Muldavit memorials from Cullen Old Kirk, which for many years were situated in the Duff House mausoleum.

3 November

The Great Tapestry of Scotland by Susie Finlayson, one of the stitchers on this remarkable tapestry, a brainchild of Alexander McCall Smith, aided by historian Alistair McCall and artist Andrew Crummy.

10 November

Deskford, A Lower Banffshire Parish given by John Aitken who has done so much research to produce the recent book of this name. The talk will illuminate daily and social life over the centuries, noting the Carnyx, the silver coin hoard, three ruined castles and so much more !

17 November

A lecture by Graeme Gollan of NGS with a conservation flavour. This talk has been arranged by Grampian Decorative and Fine Arts Society and is open to others in the same way as FoDH talks.

24 November

Julian Watson gives us further insights into local history with modern parallels.

1 December

Gordon Casely delights us again – this time with the photographic outcome and delightful stories of his and Jinty's cycle ride from Rothesay to Raasay.

Included in admission price or £4.40 per person for just the talk. Friends of Duff House, Historic Scotland Members and Historic Scotland Explorer Pass holders are FREE.