Our Aberdeen: May-July 2019

Aberdeen Maritime Museum


27/05/2019 - 01/07/2019
Mondays, 2pm–3.30pm

Explore the Silver City’s stories through our collections of art and social and maritime history in these informal sessions for adults.

Free – donations welcome. No need to book, just come along.

Monday 27 May
Hands-on history: Victorians at work and play
Explore Victorian life through museum objects including a 'trundling' hoop, a Noah's Ark toy and everything the gentleman needed for a day at the office including a pocketwatch
and spectacles.

Monday 3 June
Hands-on history: Whaling
Two hundred years before the advent of oil platforms in the North Sea, whaling was Aberdeen's original oil industry. Delve into this little-known chapter in our maritime past, and discover the tragic story of an 1813 shipwreck, through museum objects including a harpoon.

Monday 10 June
Hands-on history: Fishing
Discover Aberdeen Maritime Museum's fishing displays and handle real objects from the collection, including a Norwegian Rotary Foghorn and modern-day fishing gear.

Monday 17 June
Hands-on history: Shipbuilding
Over 3,000 ships were built in Aberdeen during the 19th and 20th centuries. This session explores the city's shipbuilding heritage through ships' plans and models and workers' tools.

Monday 24 June
Talk: Marischal College and the Edwardians
Relive the splendour of the 1906 royal opening of a new extension to Marischal College by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. This illustrated talk and discussion features objects and original documents relating to our city, explores the route of the royal procession, and shares photographs and a short film of the event.

Monday 1 July
Hands-on history: Oil and gas in Aberdeen
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the discovery of oil in North Sea waters. Join us for an informal tour of our oil and gas displays, hear about our Oil Memories project