Book of Deer to hold AGM this weekend

Friends of the Book of Deer inspect a manuscript in the Special Collections at Aberdeen University Library.
Friends of the Book of Deer inspect a manuscript in the Special Collections at Aberdeen University Library.

The AGM of the Book of Deer Project and the Friends of the Book of Deer will be held in the Kemp Hall, Old Deer, on June 29.

The doors will be open from 1:30 pm for enrolment, browsing and hospitality. After a short business meeting, guest speaker Dr David Walker, a Leverhulme Research Fellow, will give an illustrated talk starting at 3pm.

The talk will be ‘The Development of the Country House in Banff, Buchan and Formartine from the mid Seventeenth Century to the Present Day’, and will trace the development of the vernacular classical country house in Banff, Buchan and Formartine throughout the eighteenth century, reflecting on the early influence of William Adam’s masterworks at Haddo and Duff.

It will look at the remarkable period overshadowed by revolution in France and wars on the continent which produced Cairness; then follows the Greek revival, neoclassical and Italianate styles which predominated after the wars were over.

Dr Walker’s talk will also deal with the country house in the twentieth century – new directions cut short by the First World War, the long period of decline, and the rebirth of the country house tradition in our own times.

Dr Walker is well qualified, having studied Art History at St Andrews, the subject of his doctoral thesis being the life and work of the Scottish architects Peddie and Kinnear. He worked for the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland before being appointed as a research fellow at Warwick University, studying the career of Sir Basil Spence.

All are welcome to attend this event. Further information can be obtained by contacting Andrew on 07788980105 or by email to bookofdeer@yahoo.co.uk