Torry Battery Event

29 December 2010

A special event looking at the past, present and future of Torry Battery is being held on 04 December.

The day will run from 10.30am to 2pm in the lecture hall of the Marine Scotland Laboratory on Victoria Road.

The day will run in two parts -
10.30 am - 12.30 pm
- A presentation by Aberdeen City Council historian Chris Croly, on the history of the Torry Point Battery, which will be followed by the chance to hear how you can get involved in a new project to conserve the historic site.

12.45pm - 2 pm - A unique opportunity to find out more about the marine lab, including the chance to have a guided tour around the facilities

Torry Point Battery has proudly stood guard at the entrance to Aberdeen harbour since 1860.

Its long and varied history has seen it be home to volunteer soldiers, regular army, homeless families and migratory birds.

The battery has experienced the highs and lows of the history of the 20th century along with Aberdeen and remains a prominent landmark at the top of the city's beautiful and rugged coastal path.

Torry Point Battery has been staffed by army regiments from across the United Kingdom and played a significant role in the defence of Aberdeen during the Second World War when it saw action during many of the German bombing raids on the city.

During the 1930s and late 1940s it was also home for many people when there was an acute housing crisis in Aberdeen and families lived within the Battery's stone walls.

Chris Croly said: "This should be a really interesting day, people can hear about the latest research into the battery's history and find out about our plans to conserve this greatly loved monument and how they can be involved.

"We are also really pleased to be able to reprint the leaflet which examines the battery's history."

The leaflet will be available free of charge in various city centre venues, including all art galleries and museums, libraries, The Point and the Tourist Information Centre.