Aberdeenshire Farming Museum
Relive the story of our famous farming past in the beautiful surroundings of Aden Country Park.
Visit the delightful country park location with children's play area and woodland walks.
Start at the unique, semi-circular Home Farm steading by exploring the Aden Estate Story and the "Weel Vrocht Grun" exhibitions.
Visit Hareshowe, a working farm set in the 1950s
- See the reconstructed interior of the Horseman's House
- Temporary Exhibitions
- Education Room available
- Theatre available for booking
Aberdeenshire Farming Museum, which is situated within Aden Country Park, has been approved as a Recognised Collection of National Significance by the Scottish Museums Council (SMC).
Managed by the Scottish Museums Council (SMC) on the behalf of the Scottish Government, the aim of the scheme is to celebrate, promote and invest in the nationally significant museum and gallery collections around Scotland held outside the nationally run institutions.
To discuss booking special visits or for further information call 01771 624 590 during opening hours or 01771 622 807.
NEW opening hours for 2015 season.
31st March - 27th September & Sat 10th October - Sun 25th October.
10.00 - 16.00 daily. Last admission is at 15.30.
Exhibitions and forthcoming Events on show in the Museum buildings
April 2014 - onwards
The Royal Observer Corps.
The secret cold war role of the Aberdeenshire farming community.
This exhibition is about the secret role that many Aberdeenshire farmers played in the Cold War. In 1947 political conditions between the communist state of the USSR and the countries of the West were at a difficult stage. There was the real fear that there could be a nuclear war and the political conflict became called the COLD WAR.
As a result the government re-formed the Royal Observer Corp and many people from the farming community joined up. Initially they concentrated on aircraft reporting and tracking but in 1955 the Corps started to take on a new role.
Due to improvements in ground radar Fighter Command no longer needed plane spotting but there was a real need for recording the dropping of nuclear bombs and the power of the bombs.
This role was given to the Corps directed by Air Defence Operations Centres and other key military establishments.
Across the UK underground monitoring posts were created and 31 Group Controls (operations rooms) were staffed by 17,500 part-time volunteers.
The story of what the Corps did in this period and what it was like to be part of this “Secret Line of Defence” is told in this exhibition.
Day events held in the Museum
Clottie rug demonstration & other hands-on crafts.
By Isobel Gregory
“Come & Have A Go”.
Sunday 24th May 2015
1.30pm - 3.30pm
Textile brooches, etc from Tartan & material remnants.
By Joan McMillan
“Come along and make a brooch”.
Sunday 7th June 2015
1.30pm - 3.30pm
Wool spinning. From shearing to wearing.
By Victoria Metson
Sunday 28th June 2015
11.00am - 3.00pm
Woodturning demonstration using mainly local timbers.
By Arthur Braiden
Sunday 12th July 2015
10.30am - 3.00pm
Kilt making demonstration.
By Beverley Scarlett
See the various stages.
Sunday 9th August 2015
1.00pm - 3.30pm
Keep a check on this page for more up and coming events and exhibitions.
Address & Access
Aden Country Park
Parking: disabled parking spaces in both car parks in Aden Country Park.
Access: At the Farming Museum a ramp leads to a paved courtyard with entrances to facilities. The ground floor of both the Farming Museum and Harsehowe Working Farm are accessible to wheelchair users (wheelchair available if required). The first floor of the Farming Museum and Hareshowe Farm are not accessible to wheelchair users.