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Recognition for 'Dr Doric'
Don Carney - Robert Gordon University
Don Carney has been recording history
An Aberdeen academic has been awarded a PhD for his work in capturing the language and culture of the north east on video.

Don Carney, who is employed in the Aberdeen Business School at the city's Robert Gordon University, has become used to colleagues referring to him as "Dr Doric".

His passion since 1987 has been recording older people from the north east on video and now that has been recognised with a PhD.

He said: "When my project started, there was very little written about it and even less written in Doric.

I just want to encourage more and more people to speak to their granny before they disappear and it's only people who are part of that culture are the best people to sustain it
Don Carney
"It was a case of me saying that I want to celebrate who my ancestors were by giving them the direct access to anybody who wants to look at it.

"Usually when things happen an author writes a book, they speak to somebody else and they interpret somebody else's views.

"I wanted to use video to give that individual the direct contact with whoever the viewer is."

Mr Carney has already captured more than 500 hours of video footage of how ordinary people lived and worked and the six video collections already released have been best sellers in the north east.

The videos have also sold in 13 other countries.

Mr Carney said: "I sometimes ask myself, 'why am I selling videos in Saudi Arabia'.

"I think we're all Jock Tamson's Bairns and the way your granny, my granny and the people on the banks of the Nile today do their washing was in exactly the same way, rubbing it up against a stone or a washboard.

"So people can find their own routes by looking at the material that we've filmed.

"I just want to encourage more and more people to speak to their granny before they disappear and it's only people who are part of that culture who are the best people to sustain it."


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"Don's passion has been recording older folk in the north east on video"



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