Aberdeen Maritime Museum


16/01/2019 - 24/04/2019
Wednesdays, 12.30pm (30 mins)

From dolphins to Dracula, our free weekly talks cover a dazzling range of subjects.

No need to book – just come along.

Wednesday 16 January
The White Wood: a living monument to peace
Petra Pennington, Deveron Projects

Planted by the community of Huntly and artist Caroline Wendling, The White Wood contains 1,700 native trees, shrubs and wild flowers as well as 49 oaks grown from acorns from Joseph Beuys' 1982 project, 7,000 Oaks.

Wednesday 23 January
RSPB Dolphinwatch
Adam Ross, Membership & Engagement Officer RSPB

Make a date with nature and enjoy an illustrated introduction to north-east Scotland's resident population of bottlenose dolphins.

Wednesday 30 January
Walking without walls
Rachel Bride Ashton, former artist-in-residence, Deveron Projects

How can we collaborate artistically and socially despite restrictive political situations? Two artists - one in Scotland, one in Gaza - explored the opportunities and limitations of new technologies in a year-long digital exchange project.

Wednesday 6 February
Murchison: decommissioning a North Sea giant
Roy Aspden, Decommissioning Projects Manager and Caroline Lawford, Marine & Removals Lead Engineer, CNR International

Project team members share the challenges of decommissioning the most northerly North Sea oil platform to date.

Wednesday 13 February
The wolf who came to tea: armies in Aberdeen
Martin Hall, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives

Using original sources, Martin shares evidence of how the people of Aberdeen interacted with numerous armies raised by various factions, both rebel and governmental.

Wednesday 20 February
Time and memory
Paul Duke, exhibiting artist

The striking portraits on display in At Sea: A Conversation in Time were captured by Duke on quaysides, at shipyards and in factories. The photographer offers insights into the complexities of making a social documentary, and the artists who have inspired him.

Wednesday 27 February
Art UK sculpture project
Iain Irving, Coordinator (Eastern Scotland)

Join Iain for an overview of this ambitious project which is creating a comprehensive record of the UK's publicly-owned sculptures.

Wednesday 6 March
When Dracula was written in Cruden Bay
Mike Shepherd, author of When Brace Men Shudder: The Scottish Origins of Dracula

Discover how the Aberdeenshire fishing village of Cruden Bay provided perfect fodder for Dracula, Irish author Bram Stoker's ultimate
Gothic creation.

Wednesday 13 March
Stanley Cursiter before, during and after the Great War
Dr Jon Blackwood, Reader & Research Lead, Gray's School of Art

Explore key works completed during this fraught decade in the life of the Orcadian painter. Discover more about his involvement in avant-garde movements in London and Edinburgh, his wartime service and its impact on his painterly practice, and his position as a popular society portraitist.

Wednesday 20 March
Spills and thrills: Marine Scotland and emergency response
Danny Pendrey, Chair of Scotland's Environment Group, Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team

Danny discusses the crucial role of Marine Scotland's Duty Officer in coordinating the response to any major pollution incident in UK waters.

Wednesday 17 April
Big Noise Torry: changing lives through music

One of four ground-breaking Sistema Scotland projects, Big Noise Torry works with more than 500 children of all ages in the Torry community. Find out how a symphony orchestra helps transform lives through an immersive social and music education programme.




Wednesday 24 April - RESCHEDULED
Fashion Futures
Josie Steed, Course Leader, Fashion & Textile Design, Gray's School of Art

Rapidly-developing technologies and our increasingly complex digital and environmentally-conscious world open up new and exciting opportunities for 'fashioning the body'. Join Josie for a consideration of what we might be wearing in 2050…




Image: This 1:33 scale model of the Murchison platform at Aberdeen Maritime Museum measures 8.5m and took a team of about 10 model makers more than two years to construct. Find out more about the challenges involved in decommissioning the Murchison platform on Wednesday 6 February