The Aberdeenshire Digital Doors Open Days weekend is 19 and 20 September 2020.

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Aberdeenshire will present its largest ever digital offering this September, as we celebrate Aberdeenshire and the nation’s buildings online.    

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been agreed that Doors Open Days 2020 will go digital within Aberdeenshire this year to ensure that people in Aberdeenshire and across the country can continue to safely explore Scotland’s buildings. 

Not only will the digital format enable local residents to enjoy an insight into North-east architecture from the comfort of their own home, they will be able to take a peek inside buildings the length and breadth of the country without the need for travel. 

Among the Aberdeenshire highlights throughout the weekend of September 19-20 are a virtual tour of the Duff House Mausoleum given by the Duke of Fife, a 3D walking tour of Fraserburgh, video tours of Braemar Castle, 1 High Shore Banff, the Macduff Knowes Tower War Memorial, the Tullich Church and Carved Stones project at Ballater and Aden Estate & Farming Museum, a virtual tour and digital quiz from Alford Heritage Centre, 'Priests and Pipes' talk from St James’ Church Stonehaven and stunning 360-degree digital tours of Peathill Kirk, Pitsligo Castle and the Sandhaven Meal Mill plus a live behind the scenes tour of Macduff Aquarium.


9 Shore Street

�This small 'But & Ben' house sat derelict and uninhabited for over half a century. A family outing to Inverallochy and to nearby Maggie's Hoosie so inspired the Thomas-Wright family that they set about a 10 year project to renovate this humble, traditional Scottish building. Keen to respect the conservation area in which 9 Shore Street sits, the external restoration work retains the original low-level roof line, the exposed granite walls, the window positions and the original footprint, as well other key features integral to its history.Having been a working family home for most of its life, with a short spell as a fisherman's store in the late 20th Century, this But & Ben with a half-hoose addition, is now a family home again.The internal renovation drew its inspiration from the history of the building; the open-plan design informing contemporary living. The Thomas-Wrights are eager to gather people's memories and knowledge of the building and its past inhabitants.


Aboyne & Glen Tanar Memorial Hall (Victory Hall)

Aboyne & Glen Tanar Memorial Hall, known as the ?Victory Hall?, is set in the heart of the village of Aboyne, Royal Deeside. It is a substantial granite building of character, both inside and out and is an unusually grand war memorial building.??? The building contains stained glass windows and panels bearing the names of those who fell for their country, and on the outside is the inscribed foundation stone.Inside, in the large Main Hall, the roof has decorative open timber purlins and trusses; the massive timbers having come from the forest of Glen Tanar.?? There is a plaque bearing the names of those who served in the Great War and survived.? In the Formaston Room is the Formaston Stone, an ancient Pictish cross slab stone with interlaced carving, a Pictish mirror symbol and Ogham inscription.The Hub ??The Victory Hall is also the Doors Open Days hub this year.? At the hub you will be able to find more information about what to see and do over the weekend.? The hall will also be home to various displays from local historical and interest groups in addition to the Council?s Built Heritage Team, Archaeology, Local History and Archive services. Those confirmed taking part so far are: North East Scotland Preservation Trust?Visit Royal DeesideMid Deeside LimitedMichael Zappert Stained Glass ArtistRoyal British Legion, Aboyne Branch ??Friends of Aboyne Hospital? Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="47" Name="Grid Table 2 Accent 6"

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