The Book of Deer Project

The Book of Deer Project

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Part of Scotland's Year of Stories, the remarkable 10th-century Book of Deer has returned to the north east of Scotland for the first time in more than 1,000 years.

The Book of Deer is one of Scotland’s greatest treasures. For the first time in a millennium, this remarkable little illuminated manuscript has returned to the Aberdeen city region, on loan from Cambridge University Library.

The University of Aberdeen is pleased to be among the partners involved in sharing the book with people across the north-east of Scotland.

This is a rare opportunity to see what is widely regarded as being the earliest manuscript produced in Scotland. It contains a series of captivating illustrations, as well as the earliest surviving text in Gaelic. These Gaelic notes, dating from the 12th century, give the volume its title, referring to the monastery of Deer in Aberdeenshire, where the manuscript is thought to have originated.

Join us as we celebrate its return, and discover its fascinating story through a rich programme of events and activities for all ages in Aberdeenshire and the City of Aberdeen, including an archaeological dig, expert talks, original music, storytelling, creative workshops and an unmissable exhibition.

Full programme details are available here: Book of Deer FINAL

Tickets can be booked using the links in the PDF programme for each event. 

All images of the Book of Deer are reproduced with the kind permission of Cambridge University Library.

Various venues and Online

Tickets can be booked using the links in the PDF programme for each event. 

If you have any difficulties with the programme or booking then please email