Free tours of Aberdeen’s oldest house on offer

29 May 2012

The first in a series of free summer tours exploring the fascinating history of Provost Skene's House, the oldest house in Aberdeen, will take place at 12.30pm on Friday 01 June.

Gavin Bell of the Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums will explore the fascinating history of the house and the man the building is named after.

Provost Skene's House dates from 1545 and has weathered the storms of local and national history along with Aberdeen over the centuries. It is named after Provost George Skene who owned the house in the late 1600s. Skene was a wealthy merchant who had made his fortune trading in the east of Europe returning to Aberdeen a wealthy man who went on to become Provost and later knighted by James Duke of York in 1681.

Gavin will explore the history of this building and its surroundings as it would have been when Provost Skene was in residence.

Chris Croly, historian with Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums said: "Gavin has done a lot of research in the City Archives and this is a great chance to learn more about this fantastic building and of one of the most important people in Aberdeen's long history."

Gavin Bell added: "Aberdonians will be familiar with Provost Skene's House but both the house and its best-known inhabitant may still hold some secrets."

Additional tours will take place on:

• 2.30pm on Thursday 19 July;

• 12.30pm on Friday 17 August.

Admission is free but advance booking is required by telephoning Provost Skene's House on [01224] 641086.


Opening times
Monday - Saturday
Closed Sunday

Admission free