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Hall of Mirrors - Local History Conference

Hall of Mirrors - Aberdeen Local History Conference 2017


The Hall of Mirrors Team would like to thank everyone who attended our Local History Conference. Your presence helped make this event a great success and we hope that you enjoyed your day as much as we did.

Don't forget to complete our Post-Event survey in order to help us make similar events in the future even more successful. If you registered as a delegate but were unable to make it on the day we would still appreciate you completing the evaluation form.


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Conference programme

9.00 - 10.00 Registration and Breakfast reception
10.00 - 10.15 Welcome to delegates followed by a word from the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Councillor George Adam - Main Ballroom
10.15 - 10.45

Opening Keynote - Bill Jamieson, former editor of The Scotsman - Main Ballroom

11.00 - 11.45 Parallel Session 1
  • Digging for the truth: archaeological stories from North East Scotland, by Bruce Mann (Regional Archaeologist) - Main Ballroom
  • Regensburg on film: then and now, by Hermann Hage, Director of Education (Regensburg)  - Star Ballroom*
11.45 - 12.00 Refreshments - Main Ballroom and Star Ballroom*
12.00 - 12.45 Parallel Session 2
  • Highland Dancing: untwisting the myths, by Pat Ballantyne (Dance Scholar) - Main Ballroom
  • Are reports of North Sea oil's death greatly exaggerated? Lessons from history, by Joe Chapman (Development Officer, Capturing the Energy) - Star Ballroom*
13.00 - 14.30

Conference lunch - Main Ballroom

(featuring a performance by ACRO - Aberdeen Chamber Recorder Orchestra at 14.00 - Main Ballroom)

14.30 - 15.15 Parallel Session 3
  • The lie of the land: old maps and their misrepresentations, by Christopher Fleet (Map Curator, National Library of Scotland) - Main Ballroom
  • Memorialising women's audacious past, by Sara Sheridan (Historical Novelist) - Star Ballroom*

      (followed by a book-signing session)

15.15 - 15.30 Refreshments - Main Ballroom
15.30 - 16.30 Closing Keynote - Dr Fiona-Jane Brown (Local Historian, Tour guide and Author) and Granite City Adventures & Folk Tales - Main Ballroom
16.30 - 16.45 Closing address - Main Ballroom

* Please note that the Star Ballroom is only accessible via stairs.

Reflections - creative art project

Reflections - a creative arts project

As part of the build-up to the conference, Aberdeen City Libraries have launched a creative arts project titled "Reflections".  The project encourages people to express what history means to them in a creative way. 

To find out more about the project, please visit the main Reflections page.

Contact Details

Any questions or comments about the conference can be directed to:

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