Bennachie Landscapes Project
The Bennachie Landscapes Project is a research initiative devised and executed by the Bailies of Bennachie in co-operation with the University of Aberdeen. The overall project has many strands and is ever-evolving. Many projects have been completed and have been reported in the 3 issues of the Bennachie Landscapes Series of publications. Volume 4 is under production.
The project is open-ended with regard to subject and time. There is no ‘end-date’; no ‘final purpose’. Projects emerge according to the interests of individuals and small groups. Groups can call on assistance from the wider body of members and participants as and when their interests coincide. It is hoped that the Bennachie Landscapes Project will be cross-generational: each new generation of participants inspired to develop new research designs to add to the collective and ever-expanding body of knowledge of Bennachie and its surrounding landscape.
Presently, projects include the ‘Kailyard’ and ‘Foraging Woodland’, ecological recording and analysis on and around the hill, excavations at the ‘Bede house’ and Druminnor Castle, recording and analysis of quarrying, peat bogs and trackways on and over the hill and the recording of oral memories related to Bennachie and its surroundings. Much of the data already collected has gone into the production of the Bennachie App (as well as into the publications) in an attempt to spread that new knowledge more widely.
Aspirations include a desire to co-operate more widely with artists, writers, musicians and dramatists in the locality. The recent research and community projects have generated many new narratives and expressions of local culture that may be grist to the performers’ mill.
Archaeology is the study of human history and prehistory and is made up of a variety of activities. Find Out More
Local History Archives
Step onto Bennachie and you step into a time machine. 700 years’ worth of written records, illuminates Bennachie’s past and its present, and will help guide its future. Find Out More
Oral history involves the recording of people’s memories of the past, giving a voice to people who are often left out of written history. Find Out More
In the past Bennachie meant much more than just a day out. To many it was a working landscape that provided materials for building and for heating their houses, and not so long ago, for their very livelihood, a place to build their houses, grow their crops and feed their animals Find Out More
Ecological Recording and Analysis
The flora and fauna of Bennachie has played a significant role throughout history. Find Out More
More information coming soon. Find Out More
There have been a number of publications about this work including books, book chapters and academic journal pages. Please see our Bennachie Landscapes Project Bibliography for details.