Library first stop on charity culture crawl

The Sir Duncan Rice library was the first stop for Aberdeen's first ever Maggie's Culture Crawl, which was held to raise money for the city's Maggie's Centre.

The centre at Foresterhill is one of 21 across the UK providing care for people affected by cancer, and over 400 hardy souls took part in the 10-mile night walk which took place on Friday (June 23).

Described as part walk, part cultural adventure, participants were granted exclusive access to landmark buildings across Aberdeen, where they were treated to cultural surprises as well as some delicious food and drink.

On arrival at the library the walkers were welcomed with cupcakes and lemonade and given a tour of the ‘Cooking The Books’ exhibition currently on show in the library gallery.

Jennifer Shaw, Exhibitions Officer said: “Being a stop on the culture crawl gave us an opportunity to welcome people to our magnificent library so they could take a breather and see our current exhibition, featuring recipe books from the University’s Special Collections and a display about Scottish food and drink courtesy of the National Library of Scotland.

“It was great to be part of this exciting new cultural activity for Aberdeen, and we hope to welcome the walkers back to the University next year.”

Paula Cormack, who organised the Culture Crawl, added: “The event has been inspired by the support that Maggie’s offers in our Centres.  Evidence shows that a combination of exercise, environment and creative expression can strengthen physical and emotional wellbeing and these are the founding principles of the Culture Crawl.”