With a strong lo­cal cul­ture and even a dis­tinc­tive di­alect, Aber­do­nians have a lot of his­tory and en­thu­si­asm to share

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Aberdeen, which date back to 1398, are the ear­li­est sur­viv­ing city coun­cil min­utes to be found any­where in Scot­land. They pro­vide a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into the work­ings of a me­dieval burgh, cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from the day-to-day busi­ness deal­ings of the res­i­dents to de­tailed lists of ship­wrecks and more.”

Aberdeen’s burgh records are deemed so im­por­tant for the his­tory of Scot­land that those from 1398-1511 were re­cently added to the UK Reg­is­ter of Im­por­tant Doc­u­men­tary Her­itage, part of the UNESCO Mem­ory of the World Pro­gramme. They have also been digi­tised and made avail­able for ac­cess on the Scot­land­sPlaces ( scot­land­splaces.gov.uk) plat­form. The Univer­sity of Aberdeen’s Aberdeen Burgh Records Pro­ject ( abdn.ac.uk/ ri­iss/about/aberdeen-burghrecords-pro­ject-97.php) is seek­ing to open up the records fur­ther to pub­lic ac­cess by

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