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Lecture Invite for Burgesses and Guests

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The Centre for Global Security and Governance would like to invite
you to our next event:

STAGING HITLER: THE DEPICTION OF ADOLF HITLER ON TV & IN FILM – A
PANEL DISCUSSION FEATURING MARTIN DAVIDSON, STEVEN REMY, ROXANA SPICER, NIKI STEIN, THOMAS WEBER, & WIELAND GIEBEL –

Thursday, 21 March,  5:30-7:30 pm; Location: Sir Duncan Rice Library,
Seminar Room 224. Open to the public. If you do not have a University
of Aberdeen ID card, please register for this event by emailing
t.weber@abdn.ac.uk

Adolf Hitler is omnipresent on TV and in film. Yet filmmakers often
fall into the trap of following in the footsteps of Hitler’s own
visual, oral, and textual self-representation. While aiming to
deconstruct Hitler, films and documentaries inadvertently frequently
reconstruct Nazi propaganda. As a result, the world arguably looks
for the wrong warning signs in trying to identify new Hitlers. The
panel thus explores ways of staging Hitler on the screen in a way
that will peel off the myth created by Hitler and his propagandists.


MARTIN DAVIDSON is a filmmaker, the BBC’s former Commissioning Editor
in History, as well as the author of _The Perfect Nazi:
Uncovering My Grandfather’s Secret Past_. STEVEN REMY is Professor of
History at Brooklyn College and author most recently of _The Malmedy
Massacre: The War Crimes Trial Controversy_. ROXANA SPICER is a
Canadian filmmaker and author of the forthcoming _The Traitor’s
Daughter_. NIKI STEIN is a German filmmaker & the script writer &
director of UFA’s planned fictionalized TV series of Hitler’s life,
inspired by Weber’s _Hitler’s First War_.
THOMAS WEBER is Professor of History & International Affairs at the
University of Aberdeen and author most recently of _Hitler’s First
War_ and _Becoming Hitler_. WIELAND GIEBEL created the new permanent
Hitler exhibition in the Berlin Story Bunker in Berlin.

The CENTRE FOR GLOBAL SECURITY AND GOVERNANCE brings together
academic experts, policy makers, and students from across the
University of Aberdeen, the United Kingdom, and the globe to define,
analyse, and propose remedies to the most pressing security
challenges the world faces in the 21st century.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT T.WEBER@ABDN.AC.UK OR VISIT
HTTP://WWW.ABDN.AC.UK/GLOBAL-SECURITY

Centre for Global Security and Governance

Aberdeen Industrial Heritage Museum

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Our Industrial Heritage

Plans are being formulated to create a Heritage Museum in the City to celebrate the North East of Scotland’s wide ranging and far reaching industrial past.

This will be a hands-on interactive facility for both locals and visitors alike and will help preserve the historical relevance these industries have played in shaping the City we live in today.

Given the current economic climate, it will be some time before anything concrete happens.

In the meantime, a database of sources of information and artefacts is being compiled, which can be used as part of the planning and funding process – so your help is required.

Do you, or someone you know, have a box of documents or photographs in a loft, or a rusting piece of machinery or old tools in a shed, which would not look out of place in a museum?

If so, please send basic details to Sam Murray at sam.murray@btinternet.com

Welcome to New Burgesses admitted on Monday 4th March 2019

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Peter Adam, Manging Director, Nominated by Ronnie Watt, Seconded by Reeve Watt


Gail Mair, Executive, Business Support, Nominated by Andrew Lawtie, Seconded by Lord Dean of Guild
Alexander Mess, Retired Engineer, Nominated by Paul O’Connor, seconded by Andrew Murray
Neil Powers, Aircraft Electrical Engineer, Nominated by Sam Murray, Seconded by Anne Murray
Frederick Wilkinson, Musician, Nominated by Charlie Abel, Seconded by Ronnie Watt

Change of Date for October Lunch

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Due to unforeseen circumstances the date of the lunch with the Principal and Vice Chancellor of Aberdeen University has been moved to Wednesday 13th November. We have had some requests to book the lunch on the original date of 2 October, so can those Burgesses who have confirmed please advise the Clerk if the new date is acceptable. (clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com)

Professor George Boyne became Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen on 1 August 2018.

Professor Boyne has spent the majority of his academic career in Wales. He was Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and a member of University Executive Board at Cardiff University since 2012.

He was previously Dean of Cardiff University’s Business School, and is a world-leading expert on the performance of public sector organisations. Professor Boyne has been a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences since 2010.

The lunch will take place at RNUC at the usual time of 12.14 pm. Cost is £14, If you wish to attend please email Clerk Garry Stevens at:

clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

Payment can be made by cheque made payable to Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen and sent to Garry Stevens, Clerk to the Burgesses, 6 Craigarbel Crescent, Inverbervie, Montrose DD10 0SJ. Or you can pay online to Sort Code 826011, Account Number 50325609 Ref Surname/Lunch.

Aberdeen City Council Budget Briefing

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Aberdeen City Council will meet to finalise its budget for 2019/20 on Tuesday 5th March. Its the most challenging it has ever had to face in the words of Joint Council Leader Jenny Laing. This has always been a well attended event and the Lord Dean would be grateful if as many Burgesses as possible could attend the briefing, details below.

Aberdeen City Council Budget Briefing

Where – Council Chamber, Town House Broad Street

When – Tuesday 19th March – 6.30pm start

Jonathan Belford, Chief Finance Officer at Aberdeen City Council will present the budget plans for the Council for the coming and future Financial Years.

If you wish to attend please email Garry Stevens, Clerk at clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

Tea and coffee will be served prior to the briefing

Thinking the Unthinkable: Leadership in a Disruptive Time

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The Centre for Global Security and Governance and the Centre for Diplomacy at Andrassy University, Budapest would like to invite you to our event next week on leadership in the 21st century:

‘Thinking the Unthinkable: Leadership in a Disruptive Time – An event with Nik Gowing, Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger, Ulrich Schlie & Thomas Weber’

time & location: Monday, 25 February, 4-6 pm; Sir Duncan Rice Library, 7th floor, Mtg. Room 1, Univ. of Aberdeen

Open to the public. For attendees without Univ. of Aberdeen ID cards, please register by emailing t.weber@abdn.ac.uk

Nik Gowing is the author of Thinking the Unthinkable & a former BBC news anchor; Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger is Foreign Editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung; Ulrich Schlie is the Director of the Centre for Diplomacy at Andrássy University & a German career diplomat; Thomas Weber is the Director of the Centre for Global Security and Governance

This event will kick off with a talk by Nik Gowing about his book Thinking the Unthinkable, followed by a talk by Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger about political leadership in a changing world.The second half of the event will feature a panel discussion between Nik Gowing, Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger, Ulrich Schlie, and Thomas Weber about leadership in the 21st century.

Burgess Lunch Guest announced Wednesday 2 October 2019

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Professor George Boyne became Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen on 1 August 2018.

Professor Boyne has spent the majority of his academic career in Wales. He was Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and a member of University Executive Board at Cardiff University since 2012.

He was previously Dean of Cardiff University’s Business School, and is a world-leading expert on the performance of public sector organisations. Professor Boyne has been a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences since 2010.

The lunch will take place at RNUC at the usual time of 12.14 pm. Cost is £14, If you wish to attend please email Clerk Garry Stevens at:

clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

Payment can be made by cheque made payable to Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen and sent to Garry Stevens, Clerk to the Burgesses, 6 Craigarbel Crescent, Inverbervie, Montrose DD10 0SJ. Or you can pay online to Sort Code 826011, Account Number 50325609 Ref Surname/Lunch.

Seabank House Charity

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We are pleased to assist a local charity, SEABANK HOUSE, and share this notice to encourage interest from individual Burgesses. Anyone interested and wishing further information can make direct contact with LIZ STEWART at STRONACHS liz.stewart@stronachs.com

Please see below for more information:

Self Defence Evening with Ronnie Watt

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Burgess Events for Coming Year

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Aberdeen and the Great War

Where – Aberdeenshire Cricket Club

When – Tuesday 19th February – 6.30pm start

Cost of event – £10 per person and guests are invited to attend as well.

Join fellow Burgess Dr Chris Croly of the University of Aberdeen as he explores some of the ways in which the Great War, 1914-1919, interacted with Aberdeen.

Buffet supper included.

Anniversary Event

Where – Aberdeenshire Cricket Club

When – Wednesday 27th – 7 pm start

Cost of event – £20 per person and guests are invited to attend as well

Something different, a bit of history with enjoyable entertainment, learning and listening, and an opportunity to participate; together with supper and free parking!    An altogether unbeatable package!

The Burgesses of Aberdeen have a long history much of which is coming to life through the Aberdeen Burgh Records Project which is a collaboration between the University of Aberdeen, the Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives and the National Records of Scotland.    This has been in place since 2012 and a Leverhulme-funded project ‘Law in the Aberdeen Council Registers 1398-1511’ has focussed on the first eight volumes of the Aberdeen Council Registers.   It might be considered that these are the Burgesses’ records.

One of the matters of interest brought to our attention is that in the 1490’s the town employed two Minstrels and ‘the Council assigned £10 to these Common Minstrels to be taken from the Deans of Guild to pay for their passage to a feast where they may play to the pleasure of His Majesty’.

Fast forward 500 years or so, bring Guests, and join Fellow Burgesses in an evening with a difference.  This promises to be an evening like no other.

Dr. Claire Hawes and Dr. William Hepburn from the University will set the scene before we introduce two modern-day Minstrels who will play for you, to entertain ‘right royally’.    

Aberdeen City Council Budget Briefing

Where – Council Chamber, Town House Broad Street

When – Tuesday 19th March – 6.30pm start

Jonathan Belford, Chief Finance Officer at Aberdeen City Council will present the budget plans for the Council for the coming and future Financial Years.

Doorways to Drumorty

Where – Aberdeen Arts Centre

When – Friday 19th April- 7.30pm start

Cost of event – £15 per person guests are invited to attend as well

Burgess Mike Gibb has a national tour of his play Doorways to Drumorty. The play is an adaption of the book of short stories (which was banned for fifty years in Strichen as everyone recognised themselves!) in the imaginary Drumorty (based on the birth place of writer Lorna Moon). It is by turns funny and sad and moving and was very well received by audiences around Scotland on its two previous tours. We have secured a block booking for Burgesses and guests.

The play will begin at 7.30 and should finish at 9.30 with a 20-minute interval. Refreshments will be served immediately after the show with members of the cast attending.

Burgess AGM

Where – Town & County Hall, Town House

When – Tuesday 14th May – 12.00 noon start

Information and papers will be issued in due course, we are pleased to advise that Michelle Handforth, Chief Executive at Aberdeen Harbour Board will be guest speaker at conclusion of business, when she will give an update and overview of the harbour project underway and plans moving forward.

Sleep better and live longer. Talk by Dr Olga Runcie

Where – Aberdeenshire Cricket Club

When – Thursday 10th October – 6.30pm start

Cost of event – £10 per person, guests are invited to attend as well.

Sleep remains a scientific enigma. It is the only physiological process for which there is a lack of scientific agreement concerning its function. Why do we need to sleep? What happens when we asleep? In this talk Dr Runcie who currently works at Albyn-BMI hospital and ROC Private clinic in Aberdeen, will discuss advances in sleep neurobiology answering questions about sleep functions and mechanisms of sleep and wake control. You will learn how to use this knowledge to improve your sleep.

A buffet supper will be served at conclusion of the talk

We are working on other events for the year, details of which will be posted to the website once arranged.

If you wish to attend any of the events please email Garry Stevens, Clerk at:

clerk@aberdeenburgesses.com

Payment can be made by cheque made payable to Burgesses of Guild of the City of Aberdeen and sent to Garry Stevens, Clerk to the Burgesses, 6 Craigarbel Crescent, Inverbervie, Montrose DD10 0SJ. Or you can pay online to Sort Code 826011, Account Number 50325609 Ref Surname/Events

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2 weeks ago

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An excellent lunch yesterday with over 50 attendees to hear Tim Smith VP at BP give an overview of the current and future prospects for Oil and Gas in the North Sea and how changing trends to other sources of power generation will affect things. Tim gave an excellent talk and took some very good questions from the floor. Our “Another Brick in the Wall” fundraiser raised over £1000 towards the Sue Ryder Dee View Court Appeal and Emma Leiper Finlayson from Dee View Court was our guest and was presented with a cheque by the Lord Dean. Thanks to all who donated. ...

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Aberdeen Burgesses

Excellent anniversary evening tonight at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club. 70 Burgesses and guests were treated to an update on the Burgh Records project being undertaken by Dr Clare Hawes and her team at Aberdeen University. Particular emphasis given to the medieval minstrels employed to entertain royalty and noblemen of the day. After another excellent buffet once again prepared by Marie Durno and her staff, cue our own modern day minstrels Burgess Charlie Abel and soon to be Burgess Fred Wilkinson of Iron Broo Ceilidh band fame, who entertained the audience with a wide range of Scottish songs and music. ...

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4 weeks ago

Aberdeen Burgesses

Excellent evening tonight at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club . Dr Chris Croly gave a very interesting and informative talk on how WW1 affected the city of Aberdeen and its residents. As always an excellent buffet supper from Marie Durno and her catering team. Back at the club next Wednesday 27th for our anniversary event with history and music combined. ...

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4 months ago

Aberdeen Burgesses

Our Annual Xmas Quiz took place at Aberdeenshire Cricket Club last night. As always excellent hospitality and buffet provided by Marie Durno and her staff. Nine teams of 4 battled through 9 rounds of questions and picture boards with the eventual team winners being headed up by Alan Towns, well done! Past Dean of Guild Fred Dalgarno was quizmaster setting some challenging but fair questions covering a multitude of topics. At the end of the quiz Fred advised that after many years this is his last one as quizmaster he wants to take part next year! So we are on the lookout for a replacement. Lord Dean Colin Taylor gave his thanks to Fred and also all the staff at the cricket club for their hard work in making the quiz a success. ...

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Busy day for events today. Firstly an excellent lunch at RNUC with Ross Thomson MP giving an insight into his role as an MP at Westminster. 37 Burgess attended. This evening at the invite of fellow Burgess Jeanette Forbes, 29 Burgesses visited Jeanette’s Grape and Grain wine bar. Jeanette gave an overview of her new venture and the background to delivering a top class award winning wine bar with a fantastic range of wines, gin and local craft beers. The Lord Dean gave his thanks to Jeanette and presented a certificate of visit along with a cheque for £270 for type1 diabetes. ...

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