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Ishbel Hamilton-Gordon (1857-1939) was a Scottish feminist, philanthropist, and author. She was a well-known activist in London as well as around Aberdeenshire in Scotland, where she founded a school and a hospital, among other enterprises.

She became the first president of the Ladies’ Union of Aberdeen in 1883, and was also in charge of the Women’s Liberal Federation, which fought for female suffrage. Later, after she and her family moved to Canada, she became the first president of the International Council of Women, and organized the National Council of Women of Canada. She was also the first sponsor of the Women’s Art Association of Canada.

And the Thunderdome Champion is...[drumroll]

Your Museum Dance Off 4: A New Hope Thunderdome Champion is… Herman Otto Muzeum of  Miskolc,Hungary!

Congratulations, Herman Otto Muzeum staff!

Thank you and a HUGE round of applause to all our Thunderdome competitors for an awesome showdown!

But that’s not all! Because there are so many amazing entries, we started selecting Judge’s Choice Awards and additional awards to recognize some of the videos that we really loved.Those awards are going to:

Judges’ Choice Awards - Each Judge selected a museum to recognize as their personal stand-out favorite.

  • Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, USA 
  • Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, USA
  • Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences,  Sydney, NSW, Australia

Best Mission Narrative -  aka the “I Want To Go To There” award. We couldn’t decide on just one, so there are two awards this year!

  • Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21,  Halifax, NS Canada
  • Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 

Most Creative - Recognizing the best of choreography, videography, and overall creative force. Again, we couldn’t decide on just one, so there are two awards this year!

  • Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites,  Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • The Mob Museum, LAs Vegas, NV, USA

Museum Spirit Award - Recognizing the video that made us say, “These people really love their museum, and you can see it in their faces.” Again, we couldn’t decide on just one!

  • Chrysler Museum of Art,  Norfolk, VA, USA
  • Aberdeen Maritime Museum,  Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

{we will be contacting museums this week with a more formal announcement, if such an announcement can be formal!}

Thank you ALL so much for participating! We love that you love this silly idea that has become such an phenomenal experience year after year. Thank you, thank you, thank you - and congratulations to our Thunderdome Champion and Award Winners! 


Nikki Cross of SAnitY talks growing up a WWE fan, working in Japan & ICW
[June 6th, 2017]

Right before NXT kicked off their UK tour in Aberdeen, Scotland, ITR caught up with Nikki Cross of SAnitY. In part one of this two part chat, Nikki talks about growing up a WWE fan, what made her decide to start training, working in Japan and growing her character in ICW.

I cannot handle this woman’s accent. I’m squealing because she’s not only such a badass wrestler and character on TV, but so goddamn adorable. In this interview, Nikki talks about what match got her interested in being a wrestler, how she nearly missed her first day of training, and how being where she is today has always been the ultimate goal.


The Tomnaverie Stone Circle, near Tarland, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

It took us about an hour to drive to this remarkable site from Aberdeen, and while still freezing, we fortunately got a beautiful, clear day. The site was completely deserted of other tourists, free to visit, and had unrestricted access to the monument -allowing you to walk around, and observe the stone circle up close.

The Tomnaverie Stone Circle dates from the Neolithic period, about 2500 BC. Although stone circles are relatively common in the British Isles, Recumbent stone circles, such as Tomnaverie, are unique to north-east Scotland. There are approximately 100 examples of this type of stone circle known, and they are characterised by having a large stone on its side, with two upright stones flanking it (see photo 3).

It is not entirely known why such recumbent stone circles were built. Tomnaverie was built on the edge of cultivated land, and away from the settlements of the living. It has been suggested that their purpose was to frame sacred landscape features (for example, Tomnaverie provides stunning views of Lochnagar), or might have been associated with the dead. Another line of thought is that they were closely related to agriculture, and used for astronomical observation: enabling the local farmers to track the changing seasons. For example, at Tomnaverie, the Moon would have been framed by the large 3-stone formation at midsummer. 

Much later, at around 1000 BC, the site was reused for cremation burials. In more recent history, the monument came close to complete destruction: nearly being destroyed by quarrying prior to the 1920s. Thankfully, intervention took place, and from this point the circle was taken into state care, and preserved for us to still view today. It stands as a testament to the Neolithic community who lived on this landscape, and provides us with a physical connection to these people we know so little about. It is a strange thing to be standing on the hill of the monument and looking out to the surrounding mountainous landscape, sharing the view of the prehistoric creators of Tomnaverie, only over 4000 years apart.

Photos taken by myself. AncientArt in Europe 2014/15.

Market report: Aberdeen and Standard Life rise as tie-up appeals to City

The tie-up between Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life got further City backing today as HSBC gave the £11 billion deal the thumbs-up.

The investment bank upgraded the Scottish asset managers from Hold to Buy, arguing that their valuations are attractive, with outflows from both easing.

The firms are targeting £200 million a year in cost “synergies”, but HSBC thinks that estimate could be conservative with potential for an even bigger boost to earnings after the merger.

The pace of outflows will slow in the coming quarters before eventually turning positive next year, HSBC adds. The deal is expected to be completed next month.

Today’s upgrades lifted Aberdeen by 3.1p to 314.2p and Standard Life by 4.4p to 415.3p, as the latter reached its highest level since 2015.

Traders struggled to find inspiration on what was another quiet day of dealings for the FTSE 100, which drifted 9.05 points lower to 7404.39.

Worldpay shares edged up 1.5p to 385.4p on the back of a rise from US payments processing rival Vantiv, which is buying the company in a £7.7 billion cash and shares deal.

Vantiv was upgraded to Overweight by KeyBanc Capital Markets, increasing the value of the shares that will be dished out to Worldpay’s shareholders if the deal goes through.

AstraZeneca slipped 85p, or 1.7%, to 4928p, as traders reflected on reports chief executive Pascal Soriot might be off to Israeli rival Teva.

“Meritable as Dr Soriot’s skills are, the reaction has more to do with the inferred implication for Mystic’s imminent outcome,” said Barclays analysts, referring to the all-important trial results for its pioneering cancer treatment.

Away from the blue chips, Acacia Mining fell 3.7p to 278.2p as Tanzania enforced the planned increase in royalty rates. The gold miner, whose shares are down 26% this year, said it would meet the new 6% rate, which has been raised from 4%.

On the junior market, toymaker Character Group put on 17.5p, or 3.6%, to 500p after US firm DHX Brands extended the AIM-listed company’s licence to create toys for the Teletubbies by three years.


UK/EU/RU, you guys rule. check out some crowd photos from the shows here. more photos coming soon.

10.1.15 Dublin, IRE @ 3Arena
10.3.15 Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
10.4.15 Aberdeen, UK @ AECC GE Oil & Gas Arena
10.6.15 Birmingham, UK @ Barclaycard Arena
10.7.15 Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
10.9.15 Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena

yo uk, we just released more tickets for our upcoming tour. go get ‘em: 

10/3 - Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena - (Tickets
10/4 - Aberdeen, UK @ AECC GE Oil & Gas Arena - (Tickets
10/6 - Birmingham, UK - Barclaycard Arena - (Tickets
10/7 - Cardiff, UK - Motorpoint Arena Cardiff - (Tickets
10/9 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena - (Tickets
10/10 - Bournemouth, UK - The BIC - (Tickets
10/11 - London, UK - SSE Arena, Wembley - (Tickets
10/12 - London, UK - SSE Arena, Wembley - (Tickets

photo by jack edinger