Friends of Duff House

WHAT’S ON February 2020

All Feb:  Masterpiece: Monet’s “Seascape”

This is one of the earlier works by the impressionist Monet, painted with a palette knife and brush. Included in House admission.

All Feb:  Exhibition “Darg and Drams”

The artist Kate Steenhauer displays many of her works from projects studying various industries. Come and see a wide range of local scenes from a cooperage, a heliport, Aberdeen harbour, a Wool Mill and a Livestock auction.  Until 21 Jun ‘20; included in House admission.

Sun 2nd Feb:  Volunteer Tours

11.00  Guided tour for an hour: the inside of Duff House – followed by lunch?

13.15  NEW – “Story in the Stones” – The Architecture of Duff House – a walk around the outside while a guide explains the history and significance of the features.

14.30  Piano recital in the Grand Salon – until ~15.15 to allow for afternoon tea!

All except lunch and tea are included in House admission.  Book your place on the volunteer tours (max 12) by calling 01261 818181 or meet in the shop on the day.


The popular FoDH Talks (below) are held at the Fife Lodge Hotel, Sandyhill Road, Banff AB45 1BE (NOT at Duff House); all welcome, no booking needed.  

  • From 12 noon: wide range of lunches start being served in the Dining Room;
  • 2.00pm: FoDH illustrated Talk for about an hour. Everyone welcome; FoDH members (just £10 for the calendar year) have free entry, otherwise £4/Talk.
  • 3.00pm onwards: Afternoon tea/coffee & cake served for attendees – at a discounted price!


Thu 6th Feb:  Scottish Antiquarians, Tourists and Tour Guides 1750 to 1870   FoDH Talk at 2pm. Judith Anderson, Cultural Significance Adviser at HES, will talk about the boom industry of tourists being attracted to Scotland and the books written to encourage them such as the 1799 “A Companion and Useful Guide to the Beauties of Scotland” by Mrs Murray.

Thu 13th Feb:  The Lairds between Cullen and Fochabers  FoDH Talk at 2pm.

Peter Reid is a Professor of Librarianship at RGU with a particular interest in the culture and heritage of the North-East.  Many years of research have allowed him to collate substantial information about those that have had a major influence on the development of this region, which he is coming to share with us.

Thu 20th Feb:  Counties, Parishes and the Shakkin Briggie  FoDH Talk at 2pm.

The Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society is well known for having a wide-ranging knowledge of genealogy and local history.  Gavin Bell is part of NESFHS and has given several interesting talks in the area; he promises this one will not be a repeat!

Thu 27th Feb:  The Declaration of Arbroath  FoDH Talk at 2pm.

Scotland declared it’s independence in 1320.  Andrew Barr has studied this subject in detail, and with beautiful illustrations will tell us about Scotland’s distinctive democratic roots in this 700th anniversary year.  Andrew is an acclaimed writer and artist.