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New exhibition for Duff House

8 February 2013

Visitors to Duff House in Banff will have the chance to visit a new innovative exhibition from this Sunday (10th February).

Entitled “Why Did I buy That?”, the exhibition will look at the art of collecting and will bring together one amateur collector’s collection of  paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and sculptures, together with comments on what encouraged him to purchase them.

Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to ask themselves whether or not they agree with the collector’s judgements and whether they would have purchased the items on display.

They will also be able to join in the debate online by posting examples of items that they collect.

Rachel Kennedy, General Manager for Historic Scotland at Duff House who run the site said;

“We are really excited about Why Did I Buy That?

“It’s an unusual and interactive way of getting people to think about what they like and why and will appeal to all ages and interests whether they are into collecting or not.

“Visitors will be encouraged to decide if they agree with the reasons for purchasing and contribute their own comments.  

“We are also inviting people to post examples of items they collect through our Facebook page which we hope will stimulate some interesting debates.”

The exhibition will run From 10th February until 17th March and is included in the admission price to Duff House, Adult £6.90, Conc £5.50, Child £4.10.

The house is open Thursday to Sunday  11am to 4pm, during the winter. For further information visit

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For further information

Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858