Exploring Aberdeen’s Urban Past

This blog post by Carol Stobie summarises Scotland's Urban Past in Aberdeen and some of the ideas that came out of the event on Tuesday 1 September 2015.

Submitted by Carol on 07-09-2015 12:02:24

We had a wonderful time in Aberdeen.

For me, it was a reminder of how lucky I am to have this job which combines my experience and love of cultural heritage and community development. Awareness-raising and project-sparking outreach events like this are a joy.

Having spent my teens in Fyvie, Aberdeenshire, decades ago, it was an incredibly nostalgic and poignant return to the area. Also a privilege to present in such a splendid venue as the Town House - thanks to Phil Astley and the team at Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives!

Aberdeen Market: Then and NowAberdeen Market: Then and Now
Exploring the Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire ArchivesExploring the Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives

We had folk from community centres and voluntary groups, thanks to huge support and promotion from our friends at Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations. We met lots of local experts on heritage and history, with a wealth of fascinating info from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives. People from the health service, tourism, social care, theatre, arts, environmental and other sectors attended too.

After our host Phil Astley’s introduction to the glorious archive resources on our doorstep (and on display upstairs) and Scotland's Urban Past team’s introduction to what we do, we set them all talking to one another and everyone began to share invaluable ideas for projects and collaborative initiatives. The range of creative suggestions was superb, the contacts made invaluable, the conversations incredibly stimulating. We have captured everything we heard and saw – now you can see it too!

Just a few sample ideas suggested were:

  • rooftop tours
  • intergenerational resource packs for care homes
  • apps
  • an art deco walking tour
  • a theatre piece based on memories and archive materials of colourful local characters
  • walking and cycling heritage
  • talent exchange with students
Me and my microphone!Me and my microphone!
A few of the project ideas that came out of the event in AberdeenA few of the project ideas that came out of the event in Aberdeen

And, in case you weren't already convinced about registering for any of our future events, here's a glimpse of the feedback we received:

It was all excellent and has made me look at the city and my local area in a different way. Great discussions and the taster sessions were superb, learnt a lot from them.

A brilliant, interesting day – introducing me to new avenues, resources and groups. A real eye opener!

I came in with one idea. Now I have so many!

Thanks, folks - with all our hearts. We look forward to our return visit, whether to follow up on specific SUP project proposals we receive (they are bubbling under as we speak) or to run a wider training event open to all, based on priority skills asked for. It will be a complete pleasure.

Carol Stobie, Audience Development Officer, SUP

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