Friends of Duff House

What’s On in January 2019

A happy and healthy 2019 to all.

All Jan:     L S Lowry Masterpiece “Canal and Factories”.  This shows the stick figures that everyone expects, but also a depth of picture across houses, harbour and factories.

All Jan:   “Scotland’s Early Silver” Many spectacular objects are on display dating from AD75 to AD1000 showing the story of Scotland’s early silver, how it was more precious than gold and helped to shape Scotland.  This is a truly outstanding Exhibition and demonstrates the skills and techniques during this millennium.  Incl in House admission.  Until 17 Mar 19.

Sun 6th:  A Day Out at Duff House

There is so much history to Duff House, and literally thousands of artefacts in the Collection, plus special exhibitions.  To assist in enjoyably learning more about this amazing and interesting place on the Moray Firth coast, consider a Sunday outing:

11.00  Duff House and the very special Early Scottish Silver Exhibition opens

12.00  Guided tour for an hour around the House

13.00  Time for a spot of lunch in the Tearoom

13.30  Guided tour for an hour around the “Pleasure Grounds” including inside the Mausoleum

14.30  Piano recital in the Grand Salon

15.15  Time for afternoon tea!

16.00  House closes

Everything except your lunch and afternoon tea is included in the normal entrance fee (free entrance of course if you are an HES member!).

Book your place on the tours (max 12) by calling 01261 818181 or take a chance on the day.

Thu 24th:  “Banff Silversmithing” FoDH 2pm Thurs Talk (see Note below).  Megan Falconer, a very accomplished silversmith, will give us insights into The Smiddy and her skills working with silver.  If you haven’t been to the new Banff Silversmith Centre, do go along once it re-opens on 7th Jan.

Thu 31st:  James Byres – between Aberdeenshire and Rome in the Grand Tour era   FoDH 2pm Thurs TalkWilliam Paton, PhD student, has been researching James Byres who was Aberdeenshire born but for three decades in the 18th century lived in Rome as a guide for those on the Grand Tour, and most importantly as an art dealer putting potential Grand Tourers in touch with artists.  An influential Scotsman not often remembered.

FoDH 2pm Thurs Talks (Spring Season runs until 21st Mar 19) are held in the Long Gallery; all welcome, no booking needed.  Talks are for an hour or so.  All 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.