NEFA - The North East Folklore Archive


mapThe North East Folklore Archive, an internet resource established by Aberdeenshire Council for the study of the cultural heritage and traditions of North East Scotland.

Last updated 29th July, 2015. No more updates will be posted (2022 onwards)


Newfeature. Aberdeenshire Museums 'Object Of The Month'. Click here to see this month's object.

Newfor schools.'Ceilidhmakers' music and song making project. Click here to find out more.


nefa needs youNEFA NEEDS YOU!

The 'Hard Vrocht Grun Resource' is here!Aberdeenshire Council's education resource about the effect of the First World War on NE Scotland is now available on this site. To download the resource please click here.


The SealNewfor schools: 'Aberdeenshire Charters' - The ancient documents with study guides and lesson plans.

Click here for the Charter lessons pages.





The Polar Star 'The Diary of a Greenland Voyage, 1896'With ever growing interest in the career of the Peterhead whaler 'Polar Star' we have uploaded the diary of a voyage to the Greenland Sea kept by Peterhead sailmaker William Rennie Forrest, who carried on as a crewman aboard the ship after her sale and transfer to Dundee. After a long time searching we have at last found a ship's portrait, and a fine one it is too, but that's another story!

Click here to read Forrest's account of the voyage.



nefa needs you 'The Ledger of The Polar Star.'A study of the famous Peterhead whaling ship and her career at the port based on the owners' accounts ledger. With biographical notes and family photographs.

Click here to read the story so far.



nefa needs you Are you researching family history?

Click here for a guide to helpful information resources.





Aberdeenshire primary schoolshave been invited to make contributions to nefa jnr. Rosehearty open this new chapter with the tragic story of 'Poor Mary', a young girl from Glasgow who was evacuated to Rosehearty during World War II.

Click here to read the story of 'Poor Mary'.


'Paper Treasure'research resources and task sheets for schools now online!

Click here to find the 'Paper Treasure'.



The Archive

Focusing primarily on the North East's farming and fishing communities, the substance of the Archive includes written articles, recorded interviews, biographical notes, photographs, diaries, songs and tunes.

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Aberdeenshire Primary Schools' very own corner of the NEFA web site.

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About NEFA

This website has been online since December 4th 1999. Click below to find out more about its history and future plans.

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News at NEFA

Keeping you up to date with what's been happening at the Archive and Arc Studio.

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Arc Recording Studio

ARC Recording Studio, a 32 track digital audio recording facility, occupies the ground floor of the NEFA building. Click below to find out more.

Click here to go to ARC Studio