Stephen Fry Award winners

We are delighted that Caroline Brown (Archives) and Matthew Jarron (Museum Services), along with William Kennefick and Derek Patrick from the School of Humanities, have been awarded the Stephen Fry Award for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research. Caroline and Matthew were given the award in recognition of their work with the Great War Dundee project, a collaboration of city wide bodies formed to commemorate the impact of the First World War on Dundee.    The partnership, which is funded by a Heritage Lottery grant, has staged a number of public events and exhibitions attended by over 10,0...

Walter Spear & Peter LeComber, Celebrating Dundee's Great and Good

                              Walter Spear was born in Germany and came to the UK with his family just before WWII.  He studied at Birbeck College, University of London before joining the academic staff at the University of Leicester. It was here he met Peter LeComber, one of his very able students and future collaborator. Both Spear and LeComber joined the staff at the University of Dundee in 1969, Spear as Harris Professor of Physics. Their research into the transport properties of crystalline solids, liquids and amorphous s...

Independent & Individualist:Art in Dundee 1867-1924

‌Matthew Jarron, Curator of the University of Dundee Museum Collections has written an in-depth study of Dundee's art culture-placing the city’s artistic outputs in a social, economic and political context for the first time. One London critic described Dundee’s artists as a “fiercely independent and individualist school”, which has often led them to be overlooked by art historians. This book seeks to re-establish the significance of Dundee as “perhaps the most vital centre of art appreciation in Scotland.”‌ This lavishly illustrated book explores in detail the...

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 ...