Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Wednesdays, 12.30pm (30 mins)

Admission free, no need to book – just come along

Doors open from 12.15pm

Wednesday 1 May
The Beach Ballroom: A short history
John Johnstone, Beach Ballroom Manager

Aberdeen’s beloved Beach Ballroom turns 90 this year. Home to one of Scotland’s finest dance floors – famous for its bounce – the art deco venue has rocked to the sounds of The Beatles and Pink Floyd, as well as countless local celebrations.

Wednesday 15 May
Hanging on to our hats
Jenna Rose, Curator (Decorative Art)

How do art galleries and museums decide what to collect? Jenna discusses a recent acquisition of hats which belonged to the late Isabella Park – for many years employed by local hat maker Hilda LeFevre – and explores how the gift by the Park family enhances our millinery collection.

Wednesday 29 May
Aberdeen’s women trailblazers
Fiona Rennie, Convener of Aberdeen Women’s Alliance

Join Fiona for an exploration of how, at the turn of the 19th century, a group of Aberdeen women became trailblazers for the provision of free contraception, a community centre for girls and a charity helping working mothers.

Wednesday 12 June
Scotland’s first transatlantic crossing: 
the William of Aberdeen

Phil Astley, City Archivist, and Dr Thomas Brochard, Hon Research Fellow in History, University of Aberdeen

A chance discovery during research in 2018 revealed the earliest documented Scottish vessel to sail across the Atlantic to ‘the new fund land’ in 1596. Join Phil and Thomas for an update on research into the ship and insights into Aberdeen’s international trade in the late 16th century.

Wednesday 26 June
Down on the beach
Alan Johnstone, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Volunteer

Alan’s illustrated talk recalls the glory days of Aberdeen Beach, when large crowds gathered to enjoy various entertainments, including Punch and Judy shows, and of course sun, sea and sand!

Wednesday 10 July
The Jewellery Collection
Christine Rew, Art Gallery & Museums Manager

Join Art Gallery & Museums Manager, Christine Rew, for a look at the exquisite jewellery collection. Be among the first to glimpse a sneak peek at the Jewellery that will be on display in the Art Gallery.

Wednesday 21 August
The trouble with fairies…
Pauline Cordiner, Storyteller

Pauline and Fizzy, her fairy partner in crime, share traditional tales of Scotland’s fearsome fairy creatures. Together they will help you identify and protect yourself from the North East’s ‘Guid Neebours’ (don’t worry, Fizzy’s one of the good ones!)

Wednesday 4 September
A story of life, death and safety
Jim Inglis, Curator (History)

Share your thoughts with us on new displays planned for Aberdeen Maritime Museum in 2020. Join Jim for an introduction to new themes, including safety offshore since 1988, working in the energy industries, and decommissioning in the light of changes in the offshore industries and Aberdeen’s harbour expansion.