Can I See What You See?

A talk by Prof Nick WadeMonday 19 May at 5.15pmRoom G8, Tower Building, University of Dundee To accompany our current exhibition in the Tower Foyer Gallery, Do You See What I See?, we present a free talk by Nick Wade, Emeritus Professor in the School of Psychology. The instruments of vision exhibited in Do You See What I See? reflect attempts made by vision scientists to plumb the processes of perception – both normal and abnormal. The first stage was to understand the structure of the eye and how images were formed in it. This led to eye models and charts for determining the limits of spatial and co...

The confessions of my friends

The Archive received a very interesting item the other day – an album that’s a cross between an autograph book and repository of ‌opinions and preferences. The ‘Confessions Album’ dates from the First World War and belonged to an Evelyn Walker who lived on the Perth Road in Dundee. There are pages where contributors have left a sketch or cartoon, and pages where questions elicit them to ‘confess’ their thoughts and opinions. Each contributor is asked to complete a kind of questionnaire, with the questions ranging from ‘Of What country are you a native?’,...

A Walk on the Wild Side

Museum Event – D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, Carnelley Building, University of DundeeSaturday 17th May 2014        7:30-9pm Unleash your inner animal with our free creative catwalk! Using the many fascinating specimens as inspiration, you're invited to the D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum to create your own beastly mask designs for the fabulous Festival of Museums 2014! The museum will supply materials to make masks and accessories, or why not bring along your old clothes to jazz up with some exciting wild animal motifs and scenes? Drinks and nibbles will be provided to fuel creat...

Peto prints gifted to British Consulate in New York

Sir Ian McKellen, one of Britain's finest actors, spoke at the British Consulate in New York about the moment in 1969 when Michael Peto took his photograph. 'I don't know why he was so taken with me...In those days, I wasn't offered photographs by strangers, so it was a bit of an event for him to come round and do a portrait'. Sir Ian was remembering 'the very moment Michael clicked his shutter' at an event to mark the gift of his portrait -and one of the Beatles- from the University's Peto Collection, to the permanent exhibition of British art and photography at the Consulate. The event in February saw Si...

Enlightenment and Education – 300 years of Innovation in Scotland and America

The legacy of the Scottish Enlightenment and its powerful influence on education in the United States of America was discussed at global seminar at the prestigious Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC last Thursday The Enlightenment and Education seminar  featured an international line up of speakers from the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde, the US-UK Fulbright Commission, The Smithsonian and the US Patent and Trademark Office at the National Museum of American History.  The seminar underlined the importance of education and pioneering ideas within and between the US and Scotland ...