Friends of Duff House

What’s On November 2018

All Nov:    

1/  L S Lowry Masterpiece “Canal and Factories”.

2/  “Scotland’s Early Silver” Spectacular objects are on display dating from AD75 to AD1000 showing the story of Scotland’s early silver, and how this precious metal helped to shape the first kingdoms of Scotland.  Incl. in House admission.  Until 17 Mar 19.

3/ “Child of the New Century”  Karen Curran’s Exhibition demonstrates the highs and lows in the transition from child to young adult and the impact it can have on ones perspective on life.  Included in House admission.  Until 31 Dec 18.

Thu 1st:  “George Campbell Smith of Banff” FoDH 2pm Thurs Talk by  Dr Douglas Lockhart.  George Smith, land surveyor, worked both locally, including making some plans for the Fife estates, but also in Ross-shire, Inverness-shire, London and Victoria, Australia.

Sun 4th:  Piano in the Salon 2.30pm: Alan Nairn plays. Incl. in House Admission.  NB: due illness and holidays House and Grounds tours expect to resume first Sun of Dec.

Thu 8th:  “Rubislaw Quarry” FoDH 2pm Thurs Talk.  Hugh Black is the owner of this amazing feature.  Aberdeen has always been his home and his passion, as a Quantity Surveyor and business owner.  “The quarry” project started on its remarkable journey in 2010.

Thu 15th:  “Piping Pigs and Groping Mermaids” FoDH 2pm Thurs Talk. Jane Geddes, Professor of History of Art at Aberdeen University, will tell us about the unusual iconography of the wooden panels at Fetteresso, and how they give a glimpse of the humour and good cheer lost after the Protestant Reformation.  Saints, mermaid, pigs, bagpipes and more.

Thu 22nd:  “Recording Sound” FoDH 2pm Thurs Talk.  Ben Kennedy will tell us the story of the invention and development of phonographs, gramophones, records and some of the personalities involved with them.  He will bring some of his collection which we can study.

Tue 27th repeated Wed 28th “Face Value” Duff House Study Days about Portraiture in the House by five leading speakers.  9.30 to 4.15 for just £15 incl lunch.  Meet Felix Hale, Karen Curran, Liz Louis, Nel Whiting and the conservators of the Reynolds returned to Duff House this year.  More info & booking at Duff House or historicenvironment.scot/whats-on.

Thu 29th:  “Henrietta Tayler” FoDH 2pm Thurs Talk.  The author Maggie Craig will explain about this member of the Duff family.  She was a most remarkable woman with a most interesting life, not least writing many books on the Duff family and the Jacobite risings.

FoDH 2pm Thurs Talks are held in the Long Gallery; all welcome, no booking needed.  Talks are for an hour or so.  All Talks are PERFUME FREE ZONES please. Members of FoDH (£10 for the year) and members of HES gain free entry; otherwise a charge of £4.40 applies.