Bird's Eye View

View of Dundee city centre form the Dental Tower, 1983

This bird’s eye view of Dundee city centre and beyond was taken in 1983 from the Dental Tower on the University campus. The elevated perspective shows at a glance how much the cityscape has evolved over the past thirty four years and also shows what has remained unchanged to date.

Most notably present in this photograph is the dominant horizontal structure of the Angus Hotel which stood on the Marketgait from the mid 1960s. The hotel was demolished and the site redeveloped from 1998-2000 to form part of the new Overgate shopping centre. Another iconic building of Dundee’s skyline was Tayside House which stood a proud 17 storeys high. The demolition of this building which housed council offices was part of the long term Waterfront development strategy for the city. Interestingly, Tayside House could not be demolished using explosives due to a nearby railway tunnel and arterial roads. It came down in phases during 2012 whilst commuters continued to drive alongside the perimeter of the site as heavy plant was employed, including ‘the muncher’, to eat away at the building.

The Olympia leisure centre which can be seen at the river’s edge was demolished in preparation for the erection of the V & A and whilst the railway station occupies the same site, it is also undergoing a major transformation in accordance with the Waterfront development.

The Archive has photographs and records across a range of collections which demonstrate how the city has changed over the decades.

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Images from the collections featuring WW1 material