Lunchtime Talks

Wednesdays, 12.30pm (30 mins)

Our free weekly talks cover a dazzling range of subjects, from astrophysics to street art.
Doors open from 12.15pm. Admission free, no need to book – just come along.

Bram Stoker, Dracula and Aberdeenshire

Specially for Halloween, all will be revealed about how Dracula was written in Cruden Bay. Based on his book When Brave Men Shudder, author Mike Shepherd tells the previously unknown story of Bram Stoker’s regular holidays to Aberdeenshire and how wrote his novels there.
Find out, if you dare, how Cruden Bay inspired him to write Dracula, and how part of Slains Castle appears in Castle Dracula. And did you know that he wrote two novels in the Doric dialect and slipped a Doric phrase into Dracula?

Cafe Scientifique - Should clinical trials be compulsory?

An informal way to engage with the latest topics in science

The results of clinical trials help professionals and patients make evidence-based decisions about our healthcare. Encouraging people to take part and remain in trials is difficult, but everyone could benefit from the information they provide. So, should trial participation be compulsory?

Speaker: Professor Shaun Treweek, Heidi Gardner and Beatriz Goulao, Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

Crime Pays: A Darker History Tour for Halloween

This Halloween, it is time to explore the darkest side of Aberdeen's history. From kidnapping and witchcraft to adultery and murder, we explore stories of crime and punishment from the last 500 years.

Over an hour and 45 minutes, your costumed guide will bring to life tales from the most sordid chapter of Aberdeen's past. And, by the end, you will truly be able to say whether crime pays.

Tickets cost £8. Advance booking necessary.

Not suitable for those under the age of 15. Halloween costumes welcome.