Mary Ann Baxter, Celebrating Dundee's Great and Good

Mary Ann Baxter is to be honoured in a bronze plaque at the City’s Discovery Walk later this year. Here we look at how she helped to shape university education in Dundee. ‌Miss Baxter was born in 1801 into the hugely wealthy and influential Baxter family whose fortunes were built on the textile industry in Dundee. Along with her siblings, Miss Baxter made considerable donations to numerous causes throughout her life, particularly to the church and to aid the advancement of educational opportunities. The prospect of establishing a university in Dundee had been under discussion since the 1860s. It...

Celebrating Dundee's Great and Good

Celebrating Dundee’s Great and Good Dundee is to celebrate the achievements of the City’s people. Chosen by members of the public, the first ten individuals to be celebrated on nine bronze plaques was recently announced. The University of Dundee has strong connections with those who are featured. We are delighted the Archive holds collections relating to many of those who will be commemorated in Discovery Walk, which will run through Slessor Gardens at the heart of the exciting developments at Dundee waterfront. To celebrate, we will feature an article on each of the recipients, eight of whom w...

Summer season at the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

The D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum will be re-opening for the summer season on Friday 5 June, and will be open every Friday afternoon (2 – 4.30pm) until 4 September. Come along to see D’Arcy Thompson’s amazing collection of animals from around the world along with models, charts and stunning artworks inspired by D’Arcy’s ideas and collections. Some unusual specimens have been added to the displays this year, including a Tayra and a Rat-Kangaroo. We’ve also recently acquired a beautiful etching by D’Arcy Thompson’s daughter Molly (who became an artist an...

Jim Petrie: Minnie the Minx and More!

Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, University of Dundee Exhibition Preview on Tuesday 2 June, 5-7pm You are invited to the opening of this special exhibition celebrating the work of artist Jim Petrie, who died last year. A former student of Dundee College of Art (now Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design) and Dundee Training College (now the University’s School of Education, Social Work & Community Education), Jim later became a popular art teacher at Kirkton High School but is best known as the man who drew the "world's wildest tomboy" Minnie the Minx for 40 years in DC Thomson's famous c...

The Glasites and me

I am a third year Humanities student on exchange from Canada and I am currently volunteering at the Dundee University Archive, listing boxes of material created by the Glasites. I was intrigued by the archives after taking a tour for my “History of the Book” class and volunteering these past few months has been an incredible experience for me. I have really enjoyed working with the collections, and a career in archival studies may be in my future! I specifically chose to work with the Glasite collection because I have a personal connection to it; I can trace my heritage all the way back to the ...