Aberdeen Museums announce exciting autumn programme of events

Free lunchtime concerts, ‘Love Your Lunchtimes’ lunchbreak talks, ‘hands-on’ histories and creative events form just part of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums exciting autumn programme it was announced today (Friday 25 August).

Taking place in Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Aberdeen Treasure Hub and other venues across the city, the programme kicks off with a lunchtime ‘Hungry Histories’ talk ‘Wives, Greyfriars and Other Food Stories in Medieval Aberdeen’ by Aberdeen University’s Dr Kate Britton on 30 August at the Maritime Museum.

The weekly lunchbreak talks in Maritime Museum will include further Hungry Histories on changing north east dietary habits, maritime memoirs, Christmas through artists’ eyes and talks linked to the current Sea Change exhibition including the fascinating tale of the Flying Hutchinson Family, world-famous pioneering American aviators who crashed landed off the cost of Greenland in 1932, and were rescued by an Aberdeen trawler.

The Maritime Museum also plays host to a series of creative events for children and young people throughout autumn through to December including Halloween and Christmas themed workshops.

Scottish Archaeology Month in September also sees the Maritime Museum stage lunchtime events around the city’s rich archaeological collection including Make and Excavate Your Own Archaeological Poo! This event, aimed at 4-11 year olds, take place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September. Visitors are warned; things may get sticky!

The Aberdeen Treasure Hub in Northfield also opens its doors in September and October with a special Doors Open Day on Saturday 9 September being followed by a Can You Dig It (Thursday 14 September) with objects from the Stone Age onwards, a special Put Yourself in the Picture event (Monday 25 September), Dark and Creepy Crafts (Tuesday 17 October) featuring a special ‘yucky dip’ and, for the very young, Wild Music, a fun session of animal-themed music, games and dancing (Thursday 19 October).

Meanwhile, the Aberdeen Citadel and other city centre venues will stage a series of Thursday lunchtime concerts by some of the best local and international musicians. The season launches on 21 September with a recital by prize-winning pianist William Gray.

Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council’s cultural spokeswoman, said “Our museums have created have an exciting and incredibly diverse programme; there literally is something for everyone.

“Most of these events are free and are all time well spent. We look forward to welcoming Aberdonians and visitors to the city along to our talks, concerts and hands on events throughout the autumn”.