Friends of Duff House

What’s On at Duff House April 2017

Duff House is open as usual during April and onwards.  11-5, last entry 4.30.  Café 11-4, last serving 3.45.


from Sat 8th: Exhibition “D Y Cameron

About 30 watercolours, drawings and prints on display, by D Y Cameron (1865 to 1945); one of Scotland’s most influential and prolific artists. The Exhibition by the National Galleries of Scotland is entitled “The Spirit of Line”, focusing on his renowned work as a draughtsman, printmaker and leading member of the international etching revival. Included in House admission. Ends Sun 30th July.


from Sat 22nd: Exhibition “It all started with a still life

To celebrate the year of history, heritage and archaeology, the Look Again Festival committee, in conjunction with Robert Gordon University Art and Heritage Collections, presents a time capsule of art works and artefacts reflecting the history and heritage of Gray’s School of Art. Gray’s first opened its doors in November 1885 and continues to make a valuable contribution to the economy and culture not only in the North East, but beyond. Included in House admission. Ends Sun 4th June.


Thu 27th Apr 2pm Talk: “The bombing of the East Wing

In the 19th century the Duff family built a wing on the east side of Duff House for additional bedrooms, kitchen etc. On the 22nd July 1940 a bomb dropped on it, killing 6 German prisoners of war – believed to be the only incidence of so called “Friendly Fire”, German on German, in the UK during the Second World War. Two British servicemen were also killed. Jim Mackay will explain where his researches have led him to date during this Friends of Duff House project. The Talk is expected to be about 30 minutes, and will be followed by a short AGM for Friends of Duff House. The Talk and AGM are open to all, and included in House admission. FoDH members have free entry to this Talk and AGM.


Looking ahead – 27/28th May “Coastal Fringe Festival

Events will be taking place at about ten venues around Banff and Macduff, celebrating local arts, heritage, community, music and more. At Duff House, repeating last year’s most successful event, FoDH will be providing the opportunity to explore your inner artist by painting a scene of your choice (ideally with a heritage theme!) in our outside (but hopefully covered!) studio; and to test your local heritage knowledge with our model of the local area. Historic Scotland have advised Duff House itself will be free entry for this weekend. Look out for the Coastal Fringe leaflet around Aberdeenshire and beyond at the end of April.

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