Aberdeenshire Farming Museum

Relive the story of our famous farming past in the beautiful surroundings of Aden Country Park.

Steading and Museum at 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. 
Visit Hareshowe, a working farm set in the 1950s

  • See the reconstructed interior of the Horseman's House
  • Theatre available for booking

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Aberdeenshire Farming Museum, which is situated within Aden Country Park, has been approved as a Recognised Collection of National Significance by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS).

Managed by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) 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.

Opening hours

Open Monday 3 April to Sunday 29 October 2017.

10am to 4pm daily (last entry at 3.30pm)

Closed Wednesdays

Exhibitions and events

Food, Folk and Farming

As part of an on-going consultation process we are asking our visiting public if our exhibits tell the stories you want to hear about food, folk and farming.

What else should we talk about and what would make you return again and again?

Visit us and view the specially made film including local produces with their thoughts on the food industry of the north-east. Also have a look at some thought-provoking objects from the collections.

Your comments will inform a new interpretation plan for the farming museum.

Please come along and tell us what you think.

The Royal Observer Corps

The secret cold war role of the Aberdeenshire farming community.

ROC_2_180.jpgThis 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.

ROC_members_180.jpgThis 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. 

Address and access 

Aden Country Park
AB42 5FQ 

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Access and Parking
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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.

Disabled Access Guide for the Farming Museum, Aden Country Park.

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