Friends of Duff House


All Mar:  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.


To 22nd Mar:  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.  Until 22nd Mar.


Sun 1st Mar:  Volunteer Tours

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

13.15  A Walk in the Woods – including inside the Mausoleum (weather permitting)

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.


From 28th Mar:  Exhibition “Printmakers Art”

The print collections of the National Galleries reveal a diverse and dazzling variety of different techniques and approaches, from Durer to Warhol and beyond.  Until 12th July.  Included in House admission.


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 5th Mar:  Terpersie Castle – The Restoration of a 16th Century Gem  Mike Taitt was brought up on a farm near Keith and served with the Gordon Highlanders from 1965 to 1983.  On leaving the army he started a building company specialising in the repair and restoration of historic buildings.  The restoration of Terpersie Castle near Alford was his first project and was undertaken between 1983 and 1987.  He has been a committee member and case worker with The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland for the past thirty years, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and maintains an interest in the Great North of Scotland Railway and vintage cars.

Thu 12th Mar:  Historical Geography of World War 1 Memorial Buildings   FoDH Talk at 2pm. Douglas Lockhart, from the Scottish Local History Forum, has given us a great Talk in the past and now returns to give us many more interesting stories.

Thu 19th Mar:  What’s for dinner?  A brief history of food in art   FoDH Talk at 2pm.  Corinna Leenan is the Collections Manger at Duff House and will discuss food in the 17th century still life paintings at Duff House, and the interpretation of food in historic houses.