Extract of Crawford's plan of Dundee

This display offers a taste of the Archive's visual records that show the changing face of Dundee.

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The plans show how Dundee changed in less than fifty years as it expanded and developed into a 19th century major industrial town. The plans can be found in MS 17/P Thornton Collections. This collection contains maps and plans mainly of Dundee, Angus and Perthshire. Subjects include property, railway, harbours, water supplies, roads, estates and the river Tay.

By the 1960s Dundee, like towns and cities throughout the UK, were looking to sweep away the old and present a bright new modern face to the world. These photographs remind us of a period of regeneration and possibly also of loss.

The photographs belong to the collection of Dundee University's Central Media Services. CMS not only captured on film the people, places and life of the University but also the people, places and life of the city.