Buchan Heritage Society
'Aathegither at Aden '
In 2004 the Buchan Heritage Society held the first of their 'Doric'
Workshops for primary school children at Aden Country Park, Mintlaw.
The Society, in conjunction with Aberdeenshire Council, the Education
Arts Officer and the Staff of Aden Country Park Museum, along with the
Society Tutors and their helpers, has very successfully worked together
on this project which is proving very popular with schools.
Each year there has been increasing demand for places. Each year
we can take up to around three hundred children during the two week
period but find that the need is far greater
The purpose of the workshops is to promote the culture and linguistic
heritage of the North East of Scotland in a manner where by the children
have fun and enjoy a day out, at the same time learn about their heritage
in the stories, songs, poetry, dance and way of life in this small corner
We do not wish to live in the past, however knowledge of the landscape,
places and people of Aberdeenshire will engender a greater sense of
belonging and allow the children to take some pride in the area in which
they live. For those pupils who are brought up in Doric speaking homes
it will broaden their horizons and give their form of speech an importance
it has long been denied; for those who have little contact with the
local dialect it will open a door of discovery.
Details on when the workshops take place and how you book you place
are sent to primary schools by the Education Arts officer who then co-ordinates
the applications and liaises with the Buchan Heritage Organisers.