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Welcome! The Institute is an initiative on the part of the University of Aberdeen to introduce the study of human traditions into its research portfolio, especially the traditions of the North and the North-East of Scotland.
The people of this relatively vast area have experienced major changes over the past three centuries: depopulation (the Highland Clearances and two World Wars), agricultural revolution, and North Sea Oil among them. Charting such changes in the past and the present, and studying and explaining the cultural and psychological upheaval that goes with them, is central to our activities such as conferences, lectures, workshops and publications.
Teaching and outreach to the community are also part of the Institute's work: we organise events that not only celebrate the traditional life of the North, but also show the resilience and adaptive qualities of old and newer traditions. These events in turn allow us to undertake research that focuses on cultural change in Northern Scotland.
Images from the Book of Deer · © Cambridge University Library
'Researching, Recording and Promoting the Culture and Traditions of North-East Scotland: The Work of the Elphinstone Institute'
We are eager to get a response from you, no matter in which part of the world you live. We realise that Northern Scotland is a concept that exists well beyond its physical and geographical shape - mainly because of three centuries of emigration to the New World. If you know of North-East, Highland, or Northern Isles traditions in which we would be interested, please contact us:
Page last updated: Tuesday, 17-Jan-2006 15:17:49 GMT
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