Aberdeen Maritime Museum


29/08/2018 - 12/12/2018

Wednesdays, 12.30pm (30 mins)

Our free weekly talks cover a dazzling range of subjects, from astrophysics to street art.
Doors open from 12.15pm. Admission free, no need to book – just come along.

Wednesday 29 August
Drain the swamp! Tales of Louisiana geophysical surveys
Mark Woodfin
From airboats and alligators to seismic surveys and swamp rats, Mark shares memories of working west of the Mississippi Delta in the 1990s. Visit View From The Deck to see the Cypress Knee tree root on loan from him.

Wednesday 5 September
Curious connections
Griffin Coe, Curator (Art)
What do Ian Hamilton Finlay and John Ruskin have in common? Explore unexpected pairings of artworks from our collection.

Wednesday 12 September
The 18th-century microscope
Dee Lawlor, science writer
Dee shares her passion for microscopes of the Enlightenment era: beautiful works of art which performed scientific functions.

Wednesday 19 September
Music at Newhailes House
Dr Roger B Williams MBE, Honorary Music Advisor to the National Trust for Scotland
According to Dr Johnson, Newhailes (National Trust for Scotland) housed the best library in Europe. Roger Williams considers the significance of the many volumes of music it contained, now in the care of the National Library of Scotland.

Wednesday 26 September
Marine ecosystems: managing for the future
Dr Beth Scott, School of Biological
Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Scotland has some of the most beautiful and diverse marine ecosystems in the world. With our seas undergoing rapid change, how do the many users of the marine environment reach sustainable solutions on issues such as climate
change and the development of offshore renewables?

Wednesday 3 October
The cruell and bloodie feicht and conflict: Aberdeen and the Civil Wars, 1639-60
Dr Barry Robertson, Aberdeen City &
Aberdeenshire Archives
Occupied, ransacked and stormed, no other town in Scotland suffered as much as Aberdeen during the conflicts of the mid-17th century. Using contemporary sources Dr Robertson examines the impact of war on the people and the place.

Wednesday 31 October
Be careful what you wish for: a reading of Ravilious' Dr Faustus Conjuring Up Mephistophilis
Madeline Ward, Lead Curator (Art)
A cautionary tale of the dangers of signing a pact with the devil, as told through the medium of the dramatic 1929 wood engraving by Eric Ravilious.

Wednesday 7 November
The rise of astrophysics: the story of four remarkable women
Neville Browne, Aberdeen Astronomical Society Meet four remarkable women who played a huge role in the golden age of astronomical discovery from 1890 to 1930.

Wednesday 14 November
Malice in medieval Aberdeen
Dr Jackson Armstrong, School of Divinity, History & Philosophy, University of Aberdeen
A fascinating insight into violence and wounding and the recording of 'hatreds' in the Aberdeen Council Registers.

Wednesday 21 November
The aftermath of the First World
War in the North East of Scotland

Ruaraidh Wishart, Aberdeen City &
Aberdeenshire Archives
One hundred years on from the close of the Great War, a brief look at how north-east communities were affected by events such as Spanish Flu and homecomings from the Front.

Wednesday 28 November
The town is the venue
Claudia Zeiske, Director, Deveron Projects
Based in the Aberdeenshire market town of Huntly, Deveron Projects has been connecting artists, communities and places through creative research and engagement since 1995.

Wednesday 5 December
Helping Aberdeen find its street art soul
Jon Reid, NUART Festival
Jon Reid explores street art, its graffiti roots and how Nuart Aberdeen is making meaningful interventions in public spaces.

Image: Dr Faustus Conjuring Mephistophilis (detail), Eric Ravilious, 1929