Lunchtime Talks

Aberdeen Maritime Museum


18/09/2019 - 11/12/2019
Wednesdays, 12.30pm (30 mins), doors open from 12.15pm

Liven up your lunchtimes! From Bitcoin to battleships and from microscopes to medieval remains, our free lunchtime talks cover a dizzying range of subjects.

Admission free, no need to book – just come along

Wednesday 18 September

The Mountain of the People of Ce': the archaeology of Bennachie
Professor Gordon Noble, Head of Archaeology, University of Aberdeen

Join us during Scottish Archaeology Month for this fascinating update on research from the University of Aberdeen's Northern Picts project, including finds from the recent excavations at the iconic hillfort of Mither Tap.

Explorathon: Friday 27 September
Bitcoin, money, and beyond
Marc Gronwald, University of Aberdeen Business School

The emergence of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin has sparked new debate about the nature of money. Mark considers some of the issues, including the economics of the digital economy and money and memory.Part of the University of Aberdeen's Explorathon

Wednesday 2 October
The Thirty Years War comes to Scotland
Dr Colin Helling, AAGM Volunteer

In May 1622 two frigates from the Spanish dependency of Flanders fetched up in Aberdeen and Leith, closely followed by squadrons of Dutch ships intent on their destruction. Discover the explosive story of this obscure but dramatic slice of Scottish history.

Wednesday 16 October
All creatures great and small: Marine Scotland in Aberdeen
Professor Colin Moffat, Chief Scientific Advisor

Marine and fisheries science has been taking place in Torry since the early 1900s. Find out about the current research happening on our doorstep and discover where the science is going next.

Wednesday 30 October
The history of telescopes
Dee Lawlor, science communicator and microscopist

From sailing the seven seas to exploring the universe, telescopes have been a vital piece of scientific equipment for centuries. Dee Lawlor is passionate about science and communication - join her for this fascinating exploration of the evolution of microscopy.

Wednesday 13 November
Fifty years of change in 50 objects
Jenny Brown, Lead Curator (History)

Fifty years ago in December 1969 the UK's first offshore oil fields were found, closely followed by BP's discovery of the Forties Field in 1970. Explore 50 years of change in Aberdeen and further afield through 50 objects from our collections.

Wednesday 27 November
Archaeology of the Kirk of St Nicholas
Ross MacLennan, Curator (History)

The excavation of the East Kirk of St Nicholas in 2006 revealed evidence of prehistoric human activity, over 900 skeletons and a vast number of objects. Ross shares how this material illuminates the history of medieval Aberdeen.

Wednesday 11 December
Life and death in the city: excavations at Aberdeen Art Gallery
Steven Watt, AOC Archaeology

Soon after Aberdeen Art Gallery redevelopment works began in 2015, AOC Archaeology conducted a watching brief on the site, the location of a 13th century Dominican Friary. Excavations revealed the remains of over 400 individuals from medieval and post-medieval graves and a Victorian charnel house. Steven looks at what the evidence reveals, including possible graveyard management, and insights into the lives of the people whose remains were discovered.


Image: AOC Archaeology excavations at Aberdeen Art Gallery