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Haig, Barrie, Kipling and the University

What connection do Field Marshall Haig and authors J M Barrie and Rudyard Kipling have to Dundee and the University? Find out from this video where Kenneth Baxter explores the University archives to discover what happened when the trio visited University College Dundee just over 100 years ago. For more videos about the history of…

RDMH – Ahab’s Frustration and The Big Thaw by Reinhard Behrens

A photograph of Inuit inspired Reinhard Behren’s beautiful pastel & pencil drawing – note the special addition. Behren’s toy submarine also features in his second work for the River Deep Mountain High exhibition which was inspired by John Huston’s Moby Dick.   Ahab’s Frustration and The Big Thaw  by Reinhard Behrens Pastel and pencil on board  “As a visual…

RDMH – Towards Tundra by Hannah Whaley

Hannah Whaley’s second contribution to the River Deep Mountain High exhibition was inspired by a photo of a captive polar bear. Hannah’s charcoal sketches & narrative tell of a bear untethered to roam free with his companion, a little boy. Towards Tundra by Hannah Whaley Charcoal drawings and typefaced words on A2 mesaboard   ”The black and white photographs of…

Uncleanliness and Vice in Early Modern Scotland

‘A Horror of Dirt’ is just one of a series of blogs posted by the Centre for Scottish Culture at the University. Historian Dr Allan Kennedy examines how the concept of uncleanliness was linked to issues of public order and criminal deviance in early modern Scotland. Other blog posts include the Dundas archives, marriage and…

Jute from the Air

See Dundee as you have never seen it before! Using aerial photographs from the early 1920s Kenneth Baxter from the University Archives takes us on a fascinating tour around Dundee focusing on its jute mills. Visit Belmont (now the University campus), Tay Works and the City Court House, Caldrum Works in the Hilltown, and (for…

RDMH – Margot by Patricia Ramaer

For her River Deep Mountain High contribution, Patricia Ramaer has stepped away from typical photographic methods to employ an intriguing technique to burn, not print. This little girl is Margot Cox on Lossiemouth beach, 1909. Margot 1908 by Patricia Ramaer Carbon on paper  “I’m mesmerized by photographs of people long gone, remnants of ephemeral lives held in the…

Flashback Friday Film Festival: Stephen Fry

It’s the Flashback Friday Film Festival again and we have a Fry feast! This offering from the University Archives is bound to cheer you up. It’s an extract from Stephen Fry’s memorable Rectorial Address at the beginning of his first term as Rector in 1992. Titled ‘Think of a Lobster’ his speech was an entertaining,…

Flashback Friday Film Festival: Annual Report 1991

This week’s Flashback Friday Film Festival from the University Archives is all about ‘Discovering the Future’ in 1991. Introduced by Professor Michael Hamlin, Principal of Dundee from 1987-1994, the film focuses on the research strengths of the University in the early 1990s. We hear from Professor Philip Cohen about the world-leading biochemistry work which continues…

The University Archives: UoD Rector Peter Ustinov

Join Kenneth from the Archives team in another video looking at an aspect of the history of the University of Dundee.In this video, he focuses on Peter Ustinov, who many may already know was the first Rector of the University of Dundee, serving in office from 1968 until 1974. Of course, being part of the…

RDMH – Something So Small by Collette Cowie

Collette Cowie’s ink & watercolour on paper was also inspired by the collection of specimens in the University Museums. The sea creatures reminded Collette of writer Mark Doty’s work and she credits both as influencing her colourful exhibition piece. Something So Small by Collette Cowie Ink and watercolour on paper “My piece is inspired by…