Professor Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Celebrating Dundee's Great and Good

D’Arcy Thompson was born in 1860 in Edinburgh. The young Thompson was raised by his father following the tragic death of his mother during childbirth. A bright child, Thompson acquired a love of the natural world and developed a keen interest in the Classics, no doubt influenced by his father who was a Professor of Greek at Queen’s College, Galway. D'Arcy Thompson enrolled to study medicine at the University of Edinburgh and went on to gain a scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1879 to study Natural Science.   Aged just 24 years of age, D'Arcy Thompson was elected Professor of Bi...

Primary sources meet primary school pupils

Archive staff recently re-visited Forthill Primary School to help P7 classes learn more about World War II. We took along some source material for the pupils to explore, together with a programme of activities designed to help them understand the sources. The classes were split into groups, each working with their own archive item. From learning how to handle the items, the sessions then encouraged the pupils to interpret primary source materials such as Bertie Paton’s Civil Defence Notebook, used by the Home Guard to which Bertie belonged. Other activities included sending morse code messages ...

Explore Your Archives Week

Archive Services are delighted to participate in Explore Your Archives 2015. We are contributing to the social media Twitter campaign from Monday 16th – Friday 20th November. The daily hashtags provided by the National Archives help to theme the tweets throughout the week. It has been great fun delving into our collections selecting images and documents to highlight the breadth of our collections and show you some of the treasures to be found in the Archives. This week long nationwide campaign is co-ordinated by The National Archives, London. Archives across the country are encouraged to take part wi...

Active Learning with Archives

  Archive Services were delighted to visit Forthill Primary School in Dundee recently. The P6/7 class are currently studying WW1 and this was an ideal opportunity for us to show the children the kinds of records we have relating to The Great War. We took along a few key items from our WW1 collections to give the class a flavour of the range of records we‌ have in our care. The children were thrilled to handle items that were over 100 years old. The class split into groups, each led by a member of Archive staff. The focus shifted to a more in-depth‌ discussion of one specific item. Using the...

Talking Textiles

The Baxter Suite will be full of song, tales and conversation on the evening of Wednesday 21 October as Dundee University Archive launches its Voices of Dundee Oral History Project. With recordings that tell of life in the Dundee mills and in Calcutta, street songs, film and stories, the evening will be an opportunity to remember the role of jute in the life of the city. The evening will feature Eddie Small of the University of Dundee, who will set the scene of how the jute industry impacted on the lives of Dundee's citizens and Sandra Thomson who will tell how jute still has a place in the city's economy....