Stars of stage and screen to be celebrated in exhibition and lecture

The University of Dundee this week celebrates the actors, plays and playwrights who have made British theatre among the most vibrant in the world with an exhibition of stage icons and a visit from one of the leading figures in the UK’s arts industry. An exhibition of stunning black and white photographs from the University’s Peto Collection, “And the Winner is…”: Celebrating the best in British Theatre and Film’ opened in the Dalhousie Building earlier this week and will run until 26th June.  It includes 22 images of leading lights in British theatre from the 1950s...

The University at War

‌‌A new exhibition runs in the Tower Foyer Gallery at the University of Dundee until 20 June looking at the effect the First World War had on the University and its affiliated institutions. Using material from the archives and museum, the exhibition tells the story of both staff and students who went off to battle, those who undertook wartime research and those who stayed in Dundee. Key pieces from the collections bring the stories of these people to life. ‘We have official records, photographs, student magazines and correspondence which demonstrate how the war impacted on student and staff...

Michael Peto: politics in focus

Photojournalist Michael Peto photographed many of the power-brokers of the 1950s and 1960s and a new exhibition in July and August at the Scottish Parliament offers the opportunity to revisit an important period of Cold War and UK party politics. A special pre-exhibition event invited MSPs to view and comment on the images – the first time a parliament has participated in the curation of an exhibition. ‌Opening 22 July until 22 August, the exhibition of selected images from The Peto Collection, held by the University of Dundee, will display the portraits and photographs of political figures incl...

Morgan Academy Jubilee Magazine

Archive Services were delighted to receive a donation of a copy of the Morgan Academy Jubilee Magazine 1889-1939 recently. Published in 1940, it commemorated the 50th anniversary of the former Morgan Hospital becoming Morgan Academy in September 1889. The magazine includes many details of the School's history and reminiscences from former pupils. These include a letter from Lieutenant Colonel Professor Peter Fleming Gow, then working in Calcutta, who attended University College, Dundee between 1902 and 1910. There are also amusing prophecies of the then distant future of 1989, via a series of spoof newspap...

The Age of Revolution c 1750-c 1850

Over 170 of the University's level one History students are studying the Age of Revolution module and are currently working on a source based exercise featuring material from the Archive’s collections. The sources used in the exercise include four maps of Dundee, an unpublished history, and extracts from a Dundee Directory. Students are encouraged to think about issues surrounding archival sources, as well as some of the broader questions relating to the impact that the industrial revolution had on Dundee, Scotland and the rest of Britain.   Students doing...