Writing History with the Archives

Writing History was an innovative School of Humanities module which encouraged students to explore different approaches to research and writing through the medium of the University’s archive collections. Students used records of Dundee’s jute industry, case books and other material from local asylums, and a range of items from whaling collections to consider how history…Continue Reading Writing History with the Archives

Then and now – changing Dundee: New Dines and the University Library

The first students’ union at University College Dundee’s was formed in 1886 but it wasn’t until 1904 that it was given its first premises at Ellenbank (No.1 Perth Road) a converted Georgian villa. By the 1950s it was clear that this was too small for an ever-expanding student population, leading to plans for new facilities…Continue Reading Then and now – changing Dundee: New Dines and the University Library

Decolonising the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

If you missed the Decolonising the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum event, the recording is now available on YouTube: Like many natural history museums, D’Arcy Thompson’s zoology collection was largely acquired during the colonial era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the museum’s specimens come from colonies and dominions of the British…Continue Reading Decolonising the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

Peter Carmichael: engineer, inventor & philanthropist

Peter Carmichael (1809-1891) is one of Dundee’s quiet heroes. Largely unknown today, his impact on the textile industry and local community was impressive.  Credited with several inventions which enhanced productivity, Carmichael began his career as an engineering apprentice, rising to be manager, then senior partner, of Baxter Brothers by the 1870s. Carmichael’s success was marked by his purchase of the Arthurstone Estate in Perthshire which he renovated and improved.   Carmichael’s contribution to the textile industry and consequent prosperity of Dundee is little known,…Continue Reading Peter Carmichael: engineer, inventor & philanthropist