Torry Ecomuseum Project – English

Torry Ecomuseum Project


The Torry Ecomuseum Project (TEP) is a virtual arts project in an ongoing and post COVID era. It highlights the Torry community’s enduring relationship with its built and natural environment, and its distinct social, work and leisure relationships with waterways, including the River Dee, Aberdeen Harbour, and varied coastal settings from beaches, cliffs, coastal walks and wetlands.


The concept of “ecomuseum” originated in France in the 1970s. This is a museum without building nor collection that centralises a place’s identity and heritage through community participation. There are around 300 operating Ecomuseums globally, including Staffin on Isle of Skye. Using a framework of ecomuseum, the TEP invites you to participate in creating three main interactive online exhibitions, covering many thousands of years of local histories.

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While visibly promoting the richness of the local riverside and coastal environments under a new creative light, the TEP continues to build up intergenerational legacy. It also fosters the existing international links including a twinning exchange with Yubari community in Japan through the Shimizusawa Project, who inspiringly uses the ecomuseum framework to engage with their local community and coal mining heritage.


A celebratory arts event is planned towards the end of the project in both digital and physical spaces at the Old Torry Community Centre, to tell diverse stories of the changing face, direction and ecology of the coast and waterways viewed from Torry.


Old Torry Community Centre Association SCIO (OTCCA SCIO) has been awarded funding by Historic Environment Scotland (Coast and Waters Heritage Fund) for The TEP with additional funding through donations and in-kind support.
The TEP is organised by the OTCCA SCIO with collaborative support from Naoko Mabon (curator), Stewart Aitken (theatre director, manager and actor), Manami Sato (director at Shimizusawa Project) and Dr Leslie Mabon (Scottish Association for Marine Science, and Future Earth Coasts Fellow). Website development by LFI Creative.