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These are written stories of aspects of Scottish cultural identity

Access over 500 hours of film about the heritage of Scotland free of charge during this Lockdown period. Blog

Overview I write to inform you of our response to the Coronavirus lockdown which is to provide free private access and use of our unique award-winning film archive for Scottish heritage enthusiasts.   24/7 access As people all over the world are either in lockdown or practicing social distancing, we are making footage from our […]

Winner of the Best Scottish Heritage Media Archive award 2020 Blog

Media Archive Award My north east heritage film archive has been awarded the Best Scottish Heritage Media Archive 2020, for recording and digitally archiving more than 500 hours of unique heritage footage. The film footage captures aspects of life and work of a past north east of Scotland from the early 1900s. Diverse use of […]

My unique 500 hoors o archive film aboot the north easts heritage is noo available free o charge

This Blog is produced in  Doric first and then below that it is produced in English Aa buddy in Lockdoon We abuddy hain t bide at hame for an affa lang time wi canna get oot n aboot t appreciate athin that Scotland his t offer. A lot o us injoy gaain t the places […]

Horseman’s memories poem

Well fit like the day its Dr Doric again we a blether aboot oor past. As a heritage film maker, I have seen and filmed an affa lot o interesting things aboot oor Scottish past. Een o the maist interestin features I hiv filmed is the work o the Clydesdale horse as deen here in […]

Spring seed saain on Aiberdeenshire fairms then and noo.

Introduction Well fit like its Don Carney again wee anither blether aboot oor past Scottish heritage deen in the Doric o Aiberdeenshire the aria far I wis broucht up n still bide in the day. The blether the day is aboot the spring saain o the grain crap on Aiberdeenshire fairms lookin at the changes […]

The Clydesdale horse and its influence on the economy

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The qualities of the Clydesdale horse are many. It has a gentle, it is powerful, it is obedient, it is quiet, it is elegant, it is bonny to look at, it has a great structure, its walk, canter, trot and gallop are amazing, it embraces partnership with its handlers and it is highly intelligent. Yet […]

Sorting the nowt in the byre 1940s style

Cow looking at camera from her stall in the byre

The farming year is always the same. A time for ploughing, planting and harvesting. Through all that work is the need to look after animals on the farm. I was brought up on a mixed farm called Drumnaheath beside Kintore in Aberdeenshire. We had pigs’ hens, turkeys for Xmas selling, sheep and cattle. The cattle […]

The ordinary persons story of Scottish life from 1890 to 1960

Scottish Heritage Family History Large

My interest in my ancestors unknown to me started when I was a school child some 60 years ago. As the son of a farmer in Aberdeenshire in Scotland I was very much part of the farm work force, even after I left home and started to work in my own career. Background As the youngest […]

The Meal and Ale the 1940s disco night for rural Aberdeenshire folk

A concert in the farm barn

The Meal and Ale the 1940s disco night for rural Aberdeenshire folk The harvest celebration Up to the late 1940s the celebration of the hairst being finished was celebrated in each district of Aberdeenshire with an evening eating drinking dancing and listening to local talent doing their party piece. Nothing different about that you might […]

Harnessing Steam Power to Industrialise Britain

Showman's steam engine

Early use of steam power  Progress is not one big idea but many thousands of small modifications to what was in the past. One great invention was the steam engine that saw the conversion of heat energy to motion. The steam engines were transformative machines, they redefined how fast and far we could travel around […]