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Royal Deeside exhibition continues to enthral visitors


As Balmoral Castle closes to the public today [Thursday 31 July] an exhibition which reveals hidden treasures from Royal Deeside will continue at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow.

Taking Queen Victoria's first visits and her purchase of Balmoral in 1848 as its starting point, the exhibition features some of her letters to the Brown family and other interesting items from Aberdeen's collections.

Queen Victoria exulted in her love for her Highland home and her connections there were very personal. Victoria's influence drew others to Deeside from the wealthy seeking their own Highland estates to tourists and day-trippers who wanted to enjoy the stunning countryside.

The exhibition explores the popular image of Deeside encouraged by Queen Victoria and her published journals and looks at the lives of ordinary people at work and play on Deeside.

There is also the opportunity to learn more about Royal Deeside through exciting hands-on family activities at the museum. These drop-in sessions are free and take place from 10.30am to 12.30pm, every Saturday until 09 August 2014. Full details are available in the museum's summer brochure and online at

Anna Shortland, informal learning officer, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, said: "The Saturday family fun activities to coincide with the exhibition have proved to be a real hit with visitors to the museum.

"Our Victorian-inspired tour guide has enthralled children and adults alike with wonderful tales of life in Deeside. A bridge-building challenge was a particular favourite, with families working together to engineer ingenious structures from straws and sticky tape.

"There is still a lot more fun to be had including the chance to operate a working train set, before crafting your own junk model train this Saturday [02 Aug]."

A free illustrated talk to accompany the exhibition will be held at 12.30pm on Wednesday 13 August, at Aberdeen Maritime Museum. Advance booking is essential as places are limited; to book telephone (01224) 337714.

The exhibition runs until Saturday 25 October 2014.

Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 12noon-3pm

Closed Monday

Admission free