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Coupar’s Camera

Alex Coupar has worked as a photographer in and around Dundee since 1955, documenting the areas and events which reflect both our culture and history. During his career, stretching over fifty years, Alex has recorded the intricacies of every day life as well as national and civic events. Before his photography career took off, Alex…

The Early Years of the University

Pioneering in its treatment of women, applauded by the world’s worst poet, appointed a first principal who was only 26 – find out about the early years of the University of Dundee and some notable students. This video by Kenneth of Archive Services takes us back to the foundation of University College Dundee in 1881…

‘Scotch Songs’ and English Perceptions of Scotland

In this blog from the Centre for Scottish Culture’s Dr Allan Kennedy we learn about the ‘Scotch’ songs that were popular in England during the time of the Restoration. In the late 17th century, we learn, the English viewed their Scottish neighbours in a particular way that was reflected in these songs about rural life…

Historical Campus Tour for Welcome Week

University College Dundee postcard

A big welcome to all our Freshers! Normally during Welcome Week, museum curator Matthew Jarron leads a historical walking tour of the city campus for students, introducing some of the older buildings and exploring some of the University’s history. Covid restrictions have prevented that this year, so instead Matthew has recorded a video version ot…

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…

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…