Growing Up: different journeys

If there is one common theme regarding growing up it’s that everyone gets older and everyone does it differently. In the year of Young People, the newest exhibition in King’s Museum explores this idea and the process of growing up in different cultures.

The University of Aberdeen Museums’ ethnographic and art collections, along with interactive activities, will encourage visitors to rediscover their own youth while building and understanding of the cultural and historical differences of childhood.

The North Boats

A Collaboration with North East Scotland College

The North Boats have sailed between Aberdeen and the Northern Isles for almost 200 years, carrying people for work and pleasure, and transporting vital freight. NESCol students display artworks created in response to our North Boats collection amongst the objects that inspired them.

Public Exhibition Ta Kheru: Discovering the life of an Ancient Egyptian woman

Using CT scans and the latest medical visualisation techniques experts have been able to uncover insights into the life of Ta-Kheru, an Ancient Egyptian woman whose ceremonially mummified remains have been in the University of Aberdeen museums’ collections since the 18th century. The exhibition tells the story of Ta-Kheru, alongside an impressive holographic display of the CT scan and a facial reconstruction of The Lady of the House.

Curious About Aberdeen

Explore, Discover & Enjoy Aberdeen with two self-guided, quirky, heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Buy in booklet or instant download format.
Are you curious about Aberdeen? Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the fresh air whatever the weather? Take one of our self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around the better-known sights, as well as some of the more unusual and quirky ones, which combined make Aberdeen an intriguing place to explore!

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.

Wednesday 7 November
The rise of astrophysics: the story of four remarkable women
Neville Browne, Aberdeen Astronomical Society Meet four remarkable women who played a huge role in the golden age of astronomical discovery from 1890 to 1930.

Growing up in Aberdeen in the 1960s and 1970s

Professor Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen
This talk will present the results of recent interviews with a sample of Aberdeen Children of the Nineteen Fifties by Claire Wallace. Aberdeen Children of the Nineteen Fifties surveyed children at school in 1964 and has followed them through their lives ( The survey followed peoples’ experiences of growing up, with the new welfare state and council housing programme. It looks at their involvement in school, neighbourhood, leisure and family.

The Andrew Carnegie Lecture with Professor Sarah-Jane Leslie

'You Have to be Brilliant to do That!' Cultures of Genius and Academic Gender Gaps.

Many academic fields have persistent gender gaps despite attempts to encourage women’s participation. While this is often characterised as a problem faced by science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, some humanities disciplines such as philosophy face precisely the same challenges, while some STEM disciplines such as molecular biology are far more gender-balanced. Are there any isolable factors that predict the occurrence of gender gaps across the entire academic spectrum?

Consent, control and conscience?

Hosted by Helen Keen and Dr Heather Morgan, University of Aberdeen
An exploration of the ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Join Helen Keen - an award winning comedy writer and performer; author of the Radio 4 series ‘It Is Rocket Science’ - and Dr Heather Morgan - along with some of the brightest social science researchers from across Scotland to explore the most challenging questions around AI. Our presenters will confront AI engagement, regulations, data ownership and conscious and unconscious biases in this interactive event.
Part of the Festival of Social Science.