City Centre walk to be repeated due to demand

Demand was so high for places on a recent guided walk of the Green in Aberdeen another walk will be held at 2.30pm on Sunday 25 September 2011.

The free guided tour of the historical sites and associations of the Green will be explored by historian Chris Croly and fellow, lead curator (local history and archaeology) Judith Stones, who both work for Aberdeen City Council and volunteer Stewart Thain.

The Green has revealed evidence of prehistoric activity, was witness to the tumultuous events of the reformation in 1560, to child kidnapping in the 18th century, whilst today it retains its own highly distinctive character.

Historian Chris Croly said: 'We offered this walk a few weeks ago and the level of public interest and demand was fantastic so we have decided to hold it again. The Green has such a fascinating and diverse history, and it is important to be able to share the latest research with people."

Places are free but booking is essential by telephoning Aberdeen Maritime Museum on (01224) 337714. The walk will start off from the interpretation panel at the Green and will last around 90 minutes.

These guided tours form part of the Green Townscape Heritage Initiative, a five-year conservation-led programme, aimed at restoring Aberdeen's historic Green to its former glory. It was set up to tackle the problems of rundown historic buildings and streetscape where longstanding economic and structural decline have undermined the character of the architecturally rich area.

Green THI project manager Graham Young said: "The guided walk brings to life the remarkable history of this fascinating heart of the city, and lets people see first hand the progress being made revitalising the area."

The Green THI covers the area between Union Street and Guild Street, from Shiprow to Bridge Street, including the Adelphi, the Green, and Market Street.

The Green THI is a partnership between Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen City Heritage Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and Scottish Enterprise.
It has secured £1.4million of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and another £1.4million contributed by Aberdeen City Council (£525,000), Historic Scotland (£350,000), and Scottish Enterprise (£525,000).

A free heritage trail leaflet that looks at the rich history of the Green in Aberdeen is available is available from the usual venues throughout the city including Aberdeen Art Gallery and museums. It can also be downloaded here: Heritage Trails