Special Collections

Special Collections offer a range of exciting workshops for primary schools based on the rare books and archive collections. All of our workshops are free and we run them on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. You can find information about our workshops in our current Primary Schools Programme. If you would like to book a workshop email scc.learning@abdn.ac.uk or phone 01224 273047 or 01224 273048.
Teachers’ support notes and Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes are available on request. 

Museums and Museums Studies

Museums and Museum Studies invite you and your class to explore our wonderfully rich collections from around the world. Discover enchanting tales and intriguing facts. Handle rare artefacts and delve into documents, some of which are thousands of years old. Our exciting workshops for primary schools are activity packed, hands-on and designed to complement your class topics and the Curriculum for Excellence. workshops are free and run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10am and 12.30pm for 1 hour 45 minutes. The schools programme was recently featured in the Times Educational Supplement.

Take advantage of their Experience Days to combine a workshop at King’s Museum with one at the Special Collections Centre. The workshops complement each other to enrich and deepen children’s learning. For more information about workshops and Experience Days, download the Primary Schools Programme.

Doors Open Day

Doors Open Day is a fantastic opportunity to see behind the scenes of the Aberdeen's buildings - all for free!

A number of buildings and researchers participate, including:

  • Cruickshank Botanic Garden: tours of the beautiful garden
  • Sir Duncan Rice Library: provide tours.
  • King's College Chapel: Provide conducted tours
  • Institute of Medical Sciences, Foresterhill: provide guided tours