Friends of Duff House

What’s On at Duff House – Oct ’17

These talks are open to all with no need to book.  There is no extra charge to those with entry to Duff House and to members of FoDH; a nominal charge is made to others.  The talks are timed to allow attendees to enjoy lunch, or afternoon tea, in the downstairs Tea Room.  There is disabled access to all floors.


Thu 19th Oct  2 to ~3pm

No Stone Unturned”. Gordon Casely, who has often entertained us, will give us an informative, light-hearted and apolitical alternative look at the Stone of Scone.  Gordon has had a lifetime interest in the Stone of Destiny and shares his wide-ranging fascination.


Thu 26th Oct  2 to ~3pm

Maximising the Opportunities Presented by our Culture, History and Heritage” by Marc Ellington. As the Executive Director of The Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre, Marc will draw on his experience as a recording artist and heritage related board member, to highlight the many and often unrecognised opportunities our inheritance provides for the future, focussing on the North East of Scotland.


Thu 2nd Nov  2 to ~3pm

To The Journey’s End” by Berni Martin. A short film with some truly outstanding photography has been created by Berni about the life cycle of the Atlantic Salmon, it’s trials and tribulations and joys.  We will show the short film and Berni will explain some of the techniques.


Thu 9th Nov  2 to ~3pm

First Darkness then Light” by Georgia Rose Murray.  Her Exhibition of paintings made in response to Polar Night and Midnight Sun starts in Duff House on 1st Oct, and express the poignant fragility of the Arctic landscape.  Georgia, a lecturer in Contemporary Art, will explain the background and her relevant experiences and way of working.


Thu 16th Nov  2 to ~3pm

Scotland’s Early Silver”.  Alice Blackwell of the National Museums Scotland tells the story of silver from the arrival of the Roman army until the dawn of the Viking Age.  With the upcoming Silversmithing project in Banff this will provide an interesting background.


Thu 23rd Nov  2 to ~3pm

Place Names of the Gamrie Coast” by Jennifer McKay.  This talk will explore derivations, meanings and stories behind names on Gordon of Straloch’s map of the early 1600’s and a few of the Ordnance Survey First Edition of 1869.


Thu 30th Nov  2 to ~3pm

Scottish Photographers of the American Civil War”.  Keith Steiner, brought up locally, has considerable experience in the practical aspects of heritage photography, skills that underpin his presentation, with images from well known battles and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.


Thu 7th Dec  2 to ~3pm

Henrietta Tayler” by Maggie Craig, a local author (hopefully not snowed in this time).  Henrietta (1869 to 1951) was a most remarkable woman with a most interesting life, visiting Duff House as part of the Duff family and with her brother wrote many books on the Duff family and the Jacobite risings.  Maggie has a most readable writing style, and we look forward to a speaking style to match !


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