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Haddo’s festival digs into family histories

Haddo’s festival digs into family histories

Visitors to Haddo House will be able to trace their family histories at a gathering in August.

Routes to your North East Roots is being organised by the Aberdeen and North East Scotland Ancestral Tourism Partnership. It will take place at the National Trust for Scotland site from Friday, May 8, to Sunday, May 10.

The festival – part of the Homecoming 2014 programme – will feature family history and heritage information held by organisations, museums, libraries, registrars and archives from across the north-east.

Phil Astley, chairman of the partnership, said: “It’s based around a family history event, with information from family history societies, local heritage societies and library registrars.

“Although the event centres around family history, it’s also a celebration of the identity and culture of the north-east.”

A series of talks will take place over the weekend, led by prominent figures in the field of genealogy, including Professor Marjory Harper and Dr Bruce Durie.

The event will also feature demonstrations of traditional music from the Buchan Heritage Players and the Spiers Family, and a marquee offering hands-on demonstrations of craft skills.

Food and drinks marquees will offer local produce from Ola Oils, Formartine’s and the Glen Garioch Distillery.

Tours of Haddo House and grounds will also be taking place.

Amy Miller, property manager for Haddo House and Garden, said: “The National Trust for Scotland is thrilled to be working in partnership with Aberdeen and North East Scotland Ancestral Tourism Partnership to host this great community event.

“There is sure to be something for everyone over the weekend, whether it’s visiting Haddo House for the first time, listening to great north-east music, or indulging in delicious local food.

“Haddo House and Country Park is a beautiful place and I am excited to showcase our property to the wider public.”

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