Events focus on Bennachie

THE University of Aberdeen in conjunction with The Bailies of Bennachie, Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service and Forestry Commission Scotland, are orgainsing a series of events based on the archaeology of Bennachie.

On Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, from 10am-5pm, members of the public are invited to join an archaeological dig focusing on the remains of houses where ‘the Colony of Bennachie’ resided. A follow up workshop on Saturday, June 2, will allow those involved to examine and learn more about any artefacts they uncovered. This dig will be based close to the Bennachie Centre and on each day of the dig, leaving the centre at 1pm, Fiona Banks, Aberdeenshire Council ranger will take anyone interested in seeing what is happening, up to the dig

On Thursday May 10 and Friday May 11, from 10am – 5pm, the Royal Commission of the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) will host two training days providing an insight into methods of recording on archaeological sites.

On Saturday June 2, at 4pm, Oyne Primary School who has been working on the Bennachie Landscapes Project will have an exhibition at their school showing the results of their archaeological and documentary research into the history of their parish which they have been undertaking in April and May. This exhibition is open to all and there is no need to book.

On Saturday June 9, at 10am, members of the local community interested in recording the oral history of the area will have the chance to attend a training day where tips on obtaining and recording anecdotes and stories will be offered. This will be followed by an event on Saturday June 23, from 10am – 5pm, where people are invited to come along and share their stories of Bennachie. Members of the Bailies of Bennachie from across the globe will also link into the event via the internet.

From June 18 – 27 there will be the chance to see how historic documents are used to shed light on the landscape and social history of the North-east of Scotland by delving into the archives at the new University of Aberdeen Library.

On Saturday June 16, from 10am -5pm, members of the public will have the opportunity to get involved in a unique project, led by Peter Stollery, Professor in Composition and Electroacoustic Music at the University in Aberdeen, to create a musical composition using sounds recorded on Bennachie.

Booking is essential for most of these events, contact bennachielandscapes@scottish-heritage.org.uk or telephone 07812 087898.