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Hall of Mirrors: Local History Conference

Saturday 4 March 2017 at Aberdeen Beach Ballroom

Are you fascinated by history?  Join us at the Beach Ballroom as we explore the way our understanding of the past is oftenHall of Mirrors artwork used and abused, blurring the lines between fact and fiction. 

Our varied programme features traditional dance and music, oil & gas, archaeology, historical fiction, a local heritage fair and historic booksale.

Conference speakers include:

  • Bill Jamieson, former editor of The Scotsman
  • Sara Sheridan, author of the Mirabelle Bevan mysteries
  • Chris Fleet, Maps Curator at the National Library of Scotland
  • Fiona Jane Brown, Hidden Aberdeen

And more…

Register online or visit our Local History Conference webpage for more information.

The Hall of Mirrors conference is part of our Library 125 programme, celebrating 125 years of Aberdeen Central Library in 2017.

Beery Business!

Wednesday 1 March, 6.30pm – 7.30pm in Aberdeen Central LibraryPhotograph of Dave Grant at Brewery

Discover the fascinating journey of local company Fierce Beer, from the spark of setting up to managing growth in a competitive market, at this free talk by founder and owner Dave Grant.

Fierce Beer started life in March 2013 as a home-brew hobby for Dave in his house on Great Western Road, Aberdeen. Following positive reviews of the beers, Fierce Beer Ltd was born and, on 1 April 2016, moved into its new state of the art microbrewery in Dyce, Aberdeen.  With sales in all major UK cities, Fierce Beer are generally known in the craft beer world as 'the ones to watch' and are currently exporting to Europe.

To reserve your free place, contact Aberdeen City Libraries on 01224 652500 or email

Monthly Events

Protect Your Ideas

Wednesday 15th March at Aberdeen Central Library

Aberdeen City Libraries offer a free Intellectual Property advice clinic service in partnership with local patent attorneys every month in the Central Library. Don't miss this valuable opportunity of a one-to-one consultation with a registered patent attorney. Book now for your chance to discuss any ideas you may have for new products or brands.

Phone 01224 652500 or Email for more information or to book a session.


We can help you protect your intellectual property at free fortnightly appointments with our IP Librarian:

  • Find out about patents, trademarks, designs or copyright protection PATLIB Logo
  • Source free advice/assistance in patent & trade mark searching

Sessions take place in the afternoon of every 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month. Booking essential - contact Aberdeen City Libraries on 01224 652500 or to book a free appointment.

Treasures from our Collections

Runs until July 2017 in Airyhall, Central, Mastrick and Tillydrone libraries

Delve into a treasure trove of historical artefacts and manuscripts in Aberdeen City Libraries' TreasuresMontage of items from treasures exhibition from our Collections exhibition.

As 2017 is the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we are displaying an 1871 edition of the Diary of Samuel Pepys, possibly one of the most famous diaries in British history.  This month we're also celebrating the refurbishment of the new Aberdeen Art Gallery due to be completed in 2017 with a selection of ephemera from the gallery's past. 

Our next treasure is a chance to find out more about the work of a Victorian Aberdeen 'bird-stuffer', in our collection of George Sim's Journals.  We are also showcasing Scotland Illustrated (1838), a beautifully illustrated work in two volumes on the history and landscape of Scotland by the physician, poet and writer William Beattie.

Our final treasure offers a chance to come face-to-face with some of Aberdeen's more prominent Victorians in the Todd Family Photograph Album (1858-65).

View the exhibition in the Information Centre in Central Library and on touchscreens in Airyhall, Central, Mastrick and Tillydrone libraries. Find out more about the Treasures from our Collections exhibition and events on our Library 125 page and view the items features so far on The Silver City Vault.

Local History Workshops

Have you ever viewed newspapers as a way to learn more about your local and family history? Are you looking for Historical Family Portrait from Aberdeen City Libraries' Archive information to start digging deeper into the past? Our Local Studies Librarians can lead you through how to use these resources at free workshops this winter.

Introduction to Family History - Wednesday 5 April, 2pm in Kaimhill Library

Develop your genealogical skills in using both digital and traditional resources to find out more about your ancestors.

Dig into the Past with Historic Maps - Wednesday 10 May, 2pm in Aberdeen Central Library (Mezzanine)

Delve into your family history and memories using our extensive map collection.

Workshops last for approximately 90 minutes with additional time at the end to practice. Previous knowledge of using computers is not required.

Get in touch with Local Studies for further information on future sessions.

Booking is essential for these free workshops. E-mail or phone 01224 652500 for more information or to book.

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