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North East Folklore Archive

In the Spring of 1997 Aberdeenshire Council commissioned the conversion of the old derelict laundry house in Aden Country Park into a home for its digital North East Folklore Archive (NEFA) and the Aberdeenshire Recording Centre.

Old Laundry Building

Old Aden Estate laundry building before conversion

Old Laundry building after conversion

Old Aden Estate laundry building after conversion

What is NEFA?

NEFA, the North East Folklore Archive, is a cultural resource created for the study and appreciation of the traditions and social history of Aberdeenshire. Although originally housed in the old laundry building, the Archive is now purely an on-line resource. 


What does NEFA do?

NEFA collects and collates information on the traditions and culture of the North East in order to make it available to the public via the NEFA website. NEFA continues to forge links and develop partnerships with other parties of similar interests to improve and expand the service it provides. 

Enquiries are regularly received from all corners of the globe, some from folk who have material to contribute, some from musicians and writers who want to know more about NEFA and others from folk who simply want to know more about the life and times of their North East ancestors. 


Who is involved in NEFA?

NEFA is administered by Aberdeenshire Council’s Live Life Aberdeenshire Cultural Services Team and has previously received funding support from The Scottish Arts Council, The Heritage Lottery Fund and the European 5B development scheme. 

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Where is NEFA? 

Although the original NEFA base was in the Aberdeenshire Recording Centre, just off the central courtyard area in Aden Country Park, NEFA is now purely an online resource.  

How to contact NEFA?

The best way to contact our NEFA colleagues is by email. To email or find out further information please use the email and website buttons below.