Discovery Centre

Discovery Centre

Discovery Centre

Discovery Centre

Discovery Centre
Discovery Centre
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October is Black History Month

It's Black History Month and we have information and resources to help inform, educate and inspire.

Black History Month

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Across the Grain 2020

Dip into Doric, traditional music and the culture of northeast Scotland - Highlights from our Across the Grain Festival 2020

The Elphinstone Sessions

Inspiring short videos highlighting the culture and living traditions of the north east of Scotland. Created by the Elphinstone Institute, these films reflect the unique heritage of language, music, ballad and song, story, craft, history, and lore, which exists alongside the dynamic creativity of those who live and work here today.

Forvie Gaither

Inspiring people to connect with nature through music, Aberdeenshire-bred musician James Lindsay was one of the winners of the Nature Scot In Tune with Nature competition, for his piece of music inspired by Forvie Nature Reserve. Please sit back and enjoy.

Doric Call My Bluff

Test yer Doric skill and tak pairt in this fun event heeded by Professor Peter Reid. Experience Call My Bluff with all Doric words and definitions provided by staff from the Live Life Aberdeenshire library team. Can ye mak oot fa is geein the richt or wrang meanins!

Write on Wi Doric

Listen to Alistair Lawrie, Jackie Ross and Professor Peter Reid in conversation about the culture, heritage and writing of the north east. Their discussion includes Doric literature such as that included on the Doric Literature Portal as well as the place of the dialect in our everyday life and a whole host of other topics.

Singing Workshop

Scottish Culture & Traditions and the Elphinstone Institute's Home-Hame-Дом-Dom Project present a series of free online musical tasters, led by former BBC Young Traditional Musician of the year, singer Claire Hastings.

The Big Sing

Enjoy the beautiful voice of Claire Hastings singing songs close to the heart of the north east, and feel free to join in! Presented in partnership with Scottish Culture & Traditions Youth. 

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Bookbug at Home

Join our library staff and take part in our online Bookbug sessions. Join us as we share some of our favourite Bookbug songs and rhymes along with some of Bookbug's favourite stories.

We even show you how to make some great props so you can join in!

YouTube: Bookbug @ Home

Watch and Learn

Macduff Marine Aquarium

Take time out and watch our mesmerising jelly fish drift around the tank or meet out little sea ponies in our spiny seahorse nursery. We have a great range of entertaining and educational videos.

Macduff Marine Aquarium YouTube 

We also have some fantastic activities and experiments to keep you busy : Sea and Do with Macduff Marine Aquarium

Join In and Take Part

Browse our selection of photographs from Aberdeenshire during World War 2. From Banff to Stonehaven and places in between, there are some amazing images captured on camera. Exhibition of WW2 photographs

Soundmap: People and Place

Explore Banff, Ladysbridge, New Byth, Sandhaven and Rosehearty in a new way. Six unique “sound walks” – audio guides to short walking routes – have been launched to encourage people to get out walking in their community and tune in to the different sounds around them.

The walks can be accessed from any smart phone or tablet and head phones are recommended. Full instructions are on the website. Visit the page now to get started: Soundmap: People and Place

family walking outdoors

You can also explore from the comfort of home, whether you know these places well, or have always wanted to visit. As well as being able to follow the walks remotely, there are five online maps where the landmarks are sounds. Combining sound and visual art, the maps were created by two artists, Pete Stollery and Bryan Angus, and inspired by the places and the people they met in the towns. You can hear relaxing nature sounds – the sea, or pink footed geese passing over-head - alongside the sounds of day to day life from a busy school playground to tractors on the farm.

Interactive Learning

Tales O Magical Craturs

Jyne local storyteller, Jackie Ross an bairns fae Alford, Logie Coldstone an Monymusk Primary Skweels as they bring tae life fantastical local stories aboot giants, watter craturs an wild boar. Be inspired bi their illustrations tae hae a go yersel.

Resource Pack Available

These videos are part of a package of free resources that explore the themes in more detail, available as a SWAY presentation by contacting

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