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07572 582198

Dr Fiona-Jane Brown, M.A.(Hons); Dip.(LIS); M.Litt.; Ph.D.

Founder, Director and Head Guide

'Hidden Aberdeen Tours was started to fire people up about their local history, and so far it is clear that given the chance, most Aberdonians still love their city and are delighted that someone is showing an interest.  We want to work along with other local organisations, especially the council's cultural services as we are all in the same business, that of building up Aberdeen's profile locally and across the world.  We hope it is going to be a profitable relationship!'

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Dr Fiona-Jane Brown - image by Photoghost

Dr Fiona-Jane Brown, folklorist, educator and storyteller, began Hidden Aberdeen Tours as a response to the deep concern of locals about the increasing industrial and business development situation in the city - the real fear that Aberdeen's history will be lost forever, and that there is no civic pride left in the once lauded 'Silver City with the Golden Sands'. Fortunately there is enough left of our built history in order to tell the stories of the past and re-ignite passion for local culture. Her passion for local history has now found its ideal outlet with this venture.

Dr Brown holds a PhD in Ethnology, gained in 2010 from the University of Aberdeen.   Previous to this she worked as the Force Curator for Grampian Police; Project Officer for the Formartine Oral History Project and from 1999 to 2006, an information technology instructor at Aberdeen College.  

As a chartered librarian who has worked in both academic and public library services, Dr Brown is passionate about literature, especially historical material written from a personal perspective.  She is also a keen advocate of oral history, having been an active member of the former Aberdeen Oral History Association (AROHA) which specialised in training and supporting local groups involved in reminiscence projects. 

Dr Brown is also an experienced presenter on radio and television; she has appeared on STV's "The People's History Show" talking about Aberdeen's hidden past, and as a regular contributor to Radio Scotland programmes such as "Out of Doors", "Good Morning Scotland" etc. 

Dr Brown's publications include the popular "Hidden History" series and a number of works under her pen name, Janet Swan, which can be found on her Amazon Author profile.


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Hidden Aberdeen Tours (founded 2011) is wholly owned by Dr Fiona-Jane Brown as a sole-trading operation which occasionally works with contractors.

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