2 Feb 2017
We've had some of the greaest treasures of Aberdeenshire at Haddo this week as we launch the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
2017 has been designated the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology (or HHA2017 which is much quicker to type...) across Scotland - following on from other themed years of Homecoming, Food & Drink, and Architecture & Design.
Essentially this is a way to celebrate some of the best bits of Scotland, and Aberdeenshire absolutely has some of the finest history and heritage on show any where in the country. We're probably all familiar with at least some of the stone circles, monuments and castles of the area but there are smaller, just as important treasures to dig out too.
We had just a few of the best at Haddo on Thursday for our press launch, including the 1372 Royal Charter of Banff (held by Aberdeen City & Shire Archives), a huge Scottish Claymore (in the care of Aberdeenshire Museum Services) and the 4th Earl of Aberdeen's Order of the Garter and Order of the Thistle (kept securely in Haddo House).
The Lord Provost of Aberdeenshire, Robery Lovie from NTS and Lord Aberdeen were there to welcome the press and we finished up with a lovely performance of Doric poetry by Tarves Primary School organised by Aberdeenshire Libraries.
There will be events and exhibitions throughout the year so you can see all these items, as well as many, many other treasures held in the local collections. There'll also be several HHA2017 themed events here at Haddo including a night-time walk and hopefully at least one living history/re-enactment day in the summer.
You can find all the shire's HHA017 events online at aberdeenshire.gov.uk/leisure-sport-and-culture/hha
More information about the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology across Scotland can be found on the Visit Scotland website at visitscotland.com
One last peice of news of this week- tickets are now on sale for this year's HHCOS Opera La Traviata.
Maybe the world’s most popular opera, this is Verdi’s great realisation of the tragic story of Violetta, the Lady of the Camellias and her doomed love for Alfredo. This year's performance is on the 14th and 15th April and features the HHCOS Chorus, members from the Haddo Voices and the Haddo Orchestra
Tickets available online from the HHCOS website or via TicketSource phone boxoffice 0333 666 3366.