The Friends of Duff House present a serious of talks on Thursday afternoons open to all with no need to book. Timed to allow a delicious light lunch in the tea room and/or afternoon tea afterwards! There is disabled access to all floors.
Included in admission price, or £4.40 for those who do not wish entry to the rest of Duff House.
Please note: Visitors are kindly asked not to wear perfumes or aftershaves to this event. One of the event organisers has a serious allergy and people wearing perfumes may be refused entry.
In search of an artist - Ian & Pam Williams have been researching a collection of exquisite wildflower watercolours from the early to mid-19th century. Each painting is dated and with a location, but the artist is not named. As the opportunity arises the speakers have been trying to hunt down clues that might eventually lead to an identification. The quest has led them up and down many interesting paths that are far removed from the artwork itself. This talk focusses on a particular Scottish location.
Attitude with Altitude - Gordon Casely is a much loved speaker and this time has combined his love of adventure travelling and his lifetime of cycling. Cycling across Tibet is probably not something many of us would do – and we are delighted that Gordon will show us lots of pictures and tell us many interesting tales.
Remembering George Campbell Smith of Banff - George Smith was a land surveyor who worked both locally, including making some plans of some for the Fife estates, but also in Ross-shire, Inverness-shire, London and Victoria, Australia. Dr Douglas Lockhart is a Trustee of the Scottish Local History Forum and is on their Publications Board.
Rubislaw Quarry – a Unique Legacy to The Granite City - Hugh Black is the owner of this amazing feature. Aberdeen has always been his home and his passion, initially as a Quantity Surveyor, and then running the still operating Nu-Style Products Ltd until he sold it in 2010 to his management team – when fortuitously “the quarry” project started on its remarkable journey.
Piping Pigs and Groping Mermaids - Jane Geddes is Professor of History of Art at Aberdeen University and will tell us about the unusual iconography of these panels, and how they give a glimpse of the humour and good cheer lost after the Protestant Reformation. Be prepared not just for saints, but a bare breasted mermaid, and pigs dancing while playing the bagpipes!
Recording Sound - Postponed from the Spring series, Ben Kennedy has had a long interest in the invention and development of phonographs, gramophones, records and some of the personalities involved with them. Not only will he give us some interesting stories but will bring along some of his collection which we can study.
Henrietta Tayler - Henrietta Tayler (1869 to 1951) was a remarkable woman with a incredibly interesting life. Tayler visited Duff House as part of the Duff family and with her brother, wrote many books on them and the Jacobite risings. Maggie Craig has a most readable writing style and we look forward to a speaking style to match!
Aden Country Park - Jack Grant is the Landscape Officer at Aden Country Park and oversees the Council nursery, providing plants for all the beds, tubs and baskets in our towns. Whilst many of us know something of Aden Country Park, Jack will be able to tell us more about what goes on behind the scenes.