Past Events

Walking Tour; Old Aberdeen

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Join us and Scots Free Walking Tours to discover what has made Old Aberdeen one of the great centres of learning in the North of Scotland for over five hundred years.

Blackwell's Discount

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Love Books, Love Blackwell's! All History Society Members are entitled to a discount on all purchases upon presenting their membership card. *T&Cs apply.

Malice in Medieval Aberdeen

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Join us and Dr Jackson Armstrong for our eighth lecture in the series on 'Malice and motivation for hostility in the burgh courts of late medieval Aberdeen'. Armstrong will explore 'malice' in the legal terminology used for certain offences as used in the burgh courts of Aberdeen.

Huntly Castle Trip

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Join the Aberdeen University History Society for a trip to Huntly Castle!

The trip is on Wednesday 20th of February, and we are leaving Union Square Bus Station at 11.30am, so PLEASE try and be there at 11.15am.

Short Histories of Aberdeen

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The evening will feature a series of talks covering various short histories of Aberdeen. We will also on the night be offering 10% off all purchases and book orders (T & C'S apply) for History Week 2019.

Door open 5 PM Event Start time  5.30 PM

Lesbians as Regency ‘Tourist Attractions’

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As part of our first History Week and to mark LGBT+ History Month join us for a fascinating lecture with Prof. William Naphy looking at Lesbians as Regency ‘Tourist Attractions’. 

Medieval Weekend

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Join the History Society and North East Stage Combat and Theatrical Armoury as we prepare you for war. You'll have chance to look at medieval clothing, weaponry, and even learn how to take part in a battle - because everyone needs seagull protection in Aberdeen.

This is a fun-filled and action packed day that will run between 10-12:30 and 13:30 to 16:00! Feel free to pop into either of the sessions or come to both. 

Aberdeen Heritage Walk

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Join us on the final day of History Week for a Heritage Walk around the city discovering about women from Aberdeen’s inspiring past. From witches to the women’s liberation movement, we have you covered! 

The Heritage Walk will be with Aberdeen Woman's Alliance and we'll be meeting outside Aberdeen Town House at the Union Street entrance at 14:00, suitable footwear and jackets recommended. 

Shit Shirt Bar Crawl

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Join us for our Shit Shirt Refreshers' Bar Crawl on Tuesday 22nd of January. We will be meeting at Revolution Aberdeen at 7pm, then starting the crawl at 8 and, obviously, finishing in underground! Remember your IDs as this event is strictly 18+ !!

Testimony of a Holocaust Survivor

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Join us and the Jewish Society to hear testimony from Holocaust survivor Harry Spiro BEM with Robert Rinder in a live broadcast from Taylor A21 to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January). 

History Week 2019

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We've an amazing week of planned events coming to Aberdeen which will be celebrated in our first History Week! Programmes will be released in January 2019, so keep your ears to the ground for more info.

History Summer Ball 2019

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It's that time of year again to get your glad rags on as we prepare for the annual Summer Ball. This year we're celebrating in style at Elphinstone Hall, all ticket details will be released in February 2019.

Christmas Chills and Jumper Thrills

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Whether you're midway through exams, dissertation and thesis stress, or those lucky enough to have finished, come and relax with us at The Illicit Still. Drink and dance the night away; this is for Members Only.

History Drop-In Sessions

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Exam season is upon us and as the library will be crazy busy we've reserved two rooms for you to use. We have both from 10am until 5pm so drop by anytime, we're in MR117 on Wed 28th and NK17 on Fri 30th.

Lecture - Centenary of Remembrance

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Join us, in the centenary year of the end of  the First World War for a lecture with Dr. Heidi Mehrkens.

The event is FREE entry for students and open to members of the public. All tickets can be found on Eventbrite.

Lecture - History of Food

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You're in for a tasty treat with the lovely Ben Marsden, our very own Head of School, delivering what is sure to be a delicious and packed lecture on the history of food. All details can be found on our Facebook event page. Ps. They'll be food.

OTC Remembrance Sunday

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Join the Aberdeen Universities Officer Training Corps and the NE Air Training Cadets  for the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at King College Chapel. We're meeting outside on High Street, by Elphinstone Lawn, before the service commences.

Small Societies Ceilidh

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It's getting dark outside, things are getting colder and exams are approaching. So it's time to warm up, banish any blues and get dancing. In partnership with Benelux and the Dance Society, we'd like to invite you to the 2018 Small Societes Winter Ceilidh!

Drum Castle Trip

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Come along and join us for another exciting adventure across the highlands; this time we're off to Drum castle! 


We're meeting by the statue of Robert the Bruce outside Marischal College at 10:15 on 13.10.18 (Don't be late)!

History Revision Drop-In

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Do you have no idea what's going on in your course? Do you fancy a change of scenery instead of your bedroom or library? Well come on down to Siberia for our first drop in revision session of the year. Free tea and coffee will be available for us, along with free WI-FI and plenty of plug sockets!

Lecture - Scottish Suffragettes

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In the centenary year of female suffrage in Britain join us for a lecture with Professor Sarah Pedersen of Robert Gordon's University on the Scottish Suffragette Campaign in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and how these remarkable woman helped pave the way for a change in legislation. This is a public event for both students and non-students alike.

History Society Pub Qüiz

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Time for the first pub qüiz of the year, distinguished by History Society's assorted and rather eccentric raft of prizes. Members go FREE, non- members cost £3. If you haven't bought your membership now's a great time to do so HERE! Make sure you bring cash for the raffle, £1 a strip. All money goes to charity!

Henry VIII & His Six W̶i̶v̶e̶s̶ Bars!

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Get ready for the greatest ye olde pub crawle this side of freshers' week! Join the History Society in celebrating freshers' amongst kings, or at least the king's breweries. 

All details can be found on our Facebook page!


Sorry wee babby Scottish freshers' this event is for 18+ only xoxo 

Slains Castle and Cruden Bay Trip

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Join us bright and early on Sunday for a trip to the former gaff of the Earls of Erroll.


We'll be meeting outside the Butchart building at 10:15 and taking the Stagecoach bus from King Street up to the castle where we'll visit and have a picnic at Cruden Bay (weather permitting). All details can be found here!

Tequila and Lime Night

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After the success of last year's Wine and Cheese night, we'd like to get back to basics with some tequila. Come join us at the closest thing Aberdeen has to a student union and grab a few drinks with us.


Informal night, from 5pm-7pm will be the best end to a week and will be the BEST start to a weekend! Details here!

Freshers' Garden Party

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Come meet your new History Committee and have a relaxing start to the year with cakes, drinks, and scottish sunshine!

We'll be on Elphinstone Lawn between 12-2pm and it's all free! 


For History Students this event is just before the welcome lecture in Kings College so if you're looking for where that is come join us and we'll take you. Further details here!