Dundee – ‘Picturing the City’ Online Exhibition

A new online exhibition curated by Museum Services is now available to view here. Dundee ‘Picturing the City’ explores how artists have depicted the city’s natural and built environment throughout the years. From gloriously gloomy oil paintings of the Seagate to Bright watercolours of Dundee harbour, join us on this exploration through the streets and…Continue Reading Dundee – ‘Picturing the City’ Online Exhibition

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

Tayside’s Treasures

The recording of UoD Museum’s Tayside’s Treasures event hosted by Matthew Jarron is now available on YouTube. This event took place on the 12th of May 2021 and it featured a series of short presentations from curators and collections staff from 16 different museums across the region. From prehistoric textiles to a 1967 electric car,…Continue Reading Tayside’s Treasures

The Nature of Empire – Decolonising the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

Wed 26 May 6pm – 7.15pm 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 Empire as well as the colonies of other European countries. Often, these…Continue Reading The Nature of Empire – 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