13 Feb 2021 | ‘Screens and Stages in the Silver City’ | Virtual Local History Conference

13 Feb 2021 | ‘Screens and Stages in the Silver City’ | Virtual Local History Conference

A joint conference between Aberdeen City Heritage Trust and Aberdeen City Libraries
exploring the architectural heritage of Aberdeen’s cinemas and theatres.

Date: 13 February 2021
Location: online
Time: 10:00 – 16:30
Cost: £10

Tickets available here

This special one-day conference, a joint project between Aberdeen City Heritage Trust and Aberdeen City Libraries, and supported by Historic Environment Scotland, will have an emphasis on our architectural and building heritage, with a focus on Aberdeen’s cinemas and theatres.

We will explore:

  • How Aberdeen’s cinemas and theatres have changed over time
  • The buildings and the stories that they can tell
  • The use of archival documents to learn more about our local heritage
  • The application of digital technologies for conservation

The event will bring together a broad range of speakers from a variety of sectors and, whilst seeking to enlighten Aberdeen’s past, will also explore how technologies can be used for conservation.


  • Dr Alistair Fair – Reader in Architectural History at Edinburgh University – ‘Theatre architecture in Aberdeen since 1900 in its Scottish context’
  • Ronald Grant – Cinema Museum London – ‘Memories of Aberdeen Cinemas’
  • Dr Paul Maloney – Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast – ‘Theatre in context: using the archive to bring theatre stories alive’
  • Janet McBain – former curator of the Scottish Screen Archive – ‘The Silver City on the Silver Screen: Aberdeen’s local history reflected in film’
  • Dr Lyn Wilson – Digital Documentation Manager, Historic Environment Scotland – ‘Delivering digitally: Focused applications for the Historic Environment’