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FORGOTTEN FERRYHILL - MONDAY 5 MARCH 2018

An indoor edition of the stories from the popular walking tour around Aberdeen's Georgian Suburb - Ferryhill is stuffed with stunning architecture, secrets, intrigue, and fascinating characters including William Black, the owner of Devanha House, and his successors; George Bennett Mitchell, the architect who built 3-4 Deemount Terrace, now our host venue, Inn at the Park; the Dingwall-Fordyce family, of whom Alexander built the Dee Village, and his brother Arthur commissioned Arthurseat House on the lands of Polmuir, which had belonged to Thomas Blackwell, the grumpy Greek scholar whose brother ended up being executed as a traitor in Sweden! Including stories which have not previously appeared in the tour.

Hosted by our friends Ronnie and Steph Caird, the bar will be open for hot and cold drinks, and you could even book yourself a lovely bar supper beforehand! 

Car parking available at rear of hotel and on Deemount Terrace. Disabled access. 

VENUE: Inn at the Park Hotel, Deemount Terrace, Ferryhill, AB11 7RX

DOORS OPEN: 7pm

STARTS: 7.30pm

DURATION: 2hrs (with interval)

TICKETS: Click HERE  to book or in person at Visit Scotland, Shiprow


LOST SHOPS OF ABERDEEN  - MONDAY 19 MARCH 2018

It's back! By popular demand, yours truly, Hidden Aberdeen director, Dr Fiona-Jane Brown, will be presenting a night of stories about Aberdeen's favourite shops now lost to history but still beloved in the memories of our citizens.

Find out the origins of "Raggie" Morrisons, C&A's, Falconers, and of course, the Rubber Shop! With plenty of images to remind you of what shopping days were like a generation or two ago.

Hosted by the lovely folks at Airyhall Community Centre, who are giving us tea and coffee. Cakes also supplied!

Book now, spaces are limited. Car parking available at the community centre and library next door. Disabled access. 

VENUE: Airyhall Community Centre, Countesswells Road, Aberdeen,  AB15 8AD

DOORS OPEN: 7pm

STARTS: 7.30pm

DURATION: 2hrs (with interval)

TICKETS: Click HERE to book or in person at Visit Scotland, Shiprow


LOST CINEMAS OF ABERDEEN - STORIES OF OUR PICTER HOOSES
WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL 2018

Following on from the successful reminiscence session at Alzheimer Scotland last year, we've decided to bring Lost Cinemas indoors! Many of your favourite cinemas of Aberdeen's past will be remembered in this informal talk with plenty of illustrations.

We will be able to mention the other picter hooses that don't feature on the popular walking tour including the Kittybrewster Astoria and the Kingsway (still surviving as a Gala bingo), and still cover the old faves like the Odeon, the Gaumont and the Cosmo 2.

Popcorn will be available! Our venue is disabled-friendly, not very far from the old Odeon, Ferryhill Community Centre is situated at the bottom of Albury Road at the junction with Springbank Terrace. There is a small carpark and on-street parking (metered).

VENUE: Ferryhill Community Centre, Albury Road, Aberdeen

DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm (for 7.45pm start)

DURATION: 1.30hr (plus short interval)

TICKETS: Click HERE to book online, or in person at Visit Scotland, Shiprow, AB11 6TN


more dates will be added very soon!!

News

We are currently planning some indoor events up to Easter, we've just done "Wild & Woolly Tales of Aberdeen", a collection of urban legends which proved very popular, so please keep an eye on this page, or visit our Facebook - www.facebook.com/HiddenAbdnTours for more to come. 

The original publication "Hidden Aberdeen: History OnYour Doorstep and Under Your Feet" is currently for sale at Waterstones & WH Smith, also on Amazon, and there are some SIGNED COPIES at our new friends' venue The Cult of Coffee.  We hope to launch our walking tour season at the cafe with our brand new Rosemount tour on Good Friday.  Details to follow.  Meanwhile, we're still not able to accept any private bookings until after Easter.  But, if you want to host a local history talk at your venue, please get in touch.

All enquiries info@hiddenaberdeentours.co.uk

Current Projects

As well as tours and storytelling sessions, Hidden Aberdeen is also works with various local businesses, charities and third sector organisations:

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Reminiscence Sessions

Working with Alzheimer Scotland in Aberdeen

Director, Dr Fiona-Jane Brown is currently working with Dementia Advisor, Sarah Geoghegan and the volunteers at Alzheimer Scotland's Dementia Resource Centre in King Street, Aberdeen to deliver reminiscence sessions to their clients.

Reminiscence and storytelling has been shown by experts to be beneficial to people suffering from dementia conditions. In early discussions with the charity, there was a real interest in using the content from the history walks to present sessions to regulars at the centre.

The sessions themselves take the form of an initial presentation using images, music and oral recordings on various local history themes including shops, cinemas, war-time and festivals, followed by time for discussion and sharing of memories. The centre in King Street, which was originally the Chivas Brothers' grocery store, can accommodate groups of 40 in comfortable seating; there are tea/coffee making facilities and clients can enjoy some "fine pieces" with their drinks.

The first session, on "Lost Shops" of Aberdeen, was very-well attended with an audience of around 24 people, many of whom worked in some of the locally-owned stores in the city's retail areas such as George and Union Streets. There was great enjoyment of the photographs of weel-kent emporia such as Falconers, Watt & Grant, Isaac Benzies and Norco House, and many shared memories of shop features such as money-chutes and glass-fronted display cabinets. Particularly popular was the film from Scottish Screen entitled "Out For Value" which was made in the 1930s for Isaac Benzies, an iconic store in George Street. Facebook likers were even able to identify the house where the family in the film lived as being situated on Anderson Drive after it was shared on our page.

The sessions are being funded by CALA Homes, local housing developer, which regularly support Alzheimer Scotland in their endeavours. Their fundraising team will be attending the June session on "Lost Cinemas of Aberdeen" to see for themselves how clients are really enjoying these trips down memory lane.

We are delighted to be working with these local organisations and contributing to what is essentially helpful therapy for people struggling with dementia and its related conditions.

 

Our Publications

Dr Fiona-Jane Brown, director of Hidden Aberdeen Tours has published three books on local history in the city and shire.  

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BACK IN PRINT AFTER AN 18 MONTH ABSENCE!! 

Publishers, Black & White of Edinburgh have finally been able to bring back this very popular original local history book which was inspired by the walking tours and Dr Fiona-Jane Brown's blog which was hosted by STV Aberdeen way back in 2012! Due back in bookshops by mid-June 2017!

Aberdeen is rich in history, much of it hidden. Now, in Hidden Aberdeen, Dr Fiona-Jane Brown explores the city through new eyes, revealing new stories from the past and bringing the modern city to life. There's the last resting place of Robert Hitchens, who was at the wheel of the Titanic when it struck an iceberg; Royal connections including the Old Pretender, James Francis Edward Stuart's visit to local ship owner, Skipper Scott, when he discovered from his commander, the Earl of Mar, that all was not well with the Jacobite Army; the brutal murder of a monk by so-called reformers and the strange nineteenth-century animal cruelty case against the city's Jewish community. There's also the city's intriguing connection with Millwall FC and the place where medieval criminals were hanged. This fascinating book will open your eyes to the hidden, the forgotten and the abandoned which lie under your feet as you walk round the city today.

Hidden Aberdeen: History on your Doorstep and Under Your Feet is the first local history publication from Dr Fiona-Jane Brown, founder of Hidden Aberdeen Tours.

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Hidden Aberdeenshire the Coast

Following on from the bestselling Hidden Aberdeen, Fiona-Jane Brown now presents a brand new volume, Hidden Aberdeenshire: The Coast, exploring the rich history and the most fascinating, quirky stories from the windswept lands beside the North Sea.

There's the story of James Keith, brother of the 10th Earl or Marischal, whose statue stands in Peterhead - but few know why; Captain Gray's House, where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took up a post as ship's surgeon on a whaler owned by one of the most successful whaling captains of the nineteenth century; the tale of the Frasers, the family who lost their castle and generations later reclaimed it; the mystery of the university that never was; plus many more.

Hidden Aberdeenshire: The Coast is a fascinating and entertaining collection of forgotten history and anecdotes from Scotland's North-East, pieced together by historian Dr Fiona-Jane Brown.

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Hidden Aberdeenshire the Land

Following on from Hidden Aberdeenshire: The Coast, this new volume moves inland to tell the stories of the countryside, from the fertile farmland of Buchan to the high peaks of the Cairngorm Mountains.

Visit Macbeth's reputed grave at Lumphanan, where he was supposedly buried by his supporters after being killed by Malcolm Canmore, later Malcolm III of Scotland; meet the Maiden Stone's forgotten companion, the larger-than-life Persephone sculpture, near the foot of Bennachie and learn the significance of the Kintore Arms Public House to a terrible murder back in 1863.

Come and visit the two most fascinating burials in Braemar cemetery, of poor crofter, Peter Grant who fought at Culloden and outlived Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the Black Colonel, John Farquharson of lnverey, who made his "bed" in the rocks above his castle, but did not lie peaceful in his grave after death.

Learn about Trooper Smart of Kintore who died in South Africa as a result of a lion attack; the hidden stone circle discovered in Methlick Wood by a local dowser and Wormy Hillock, an early site of Pagan worship near Rhynie.

Join historian and guide Dr Fiona-Jane Brown for these and many more quirky, forgotten and hidden tales, this time from Aberdeenshire's landward districts.

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