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....

Professor Margaret Fairlie, Celebrating Dundee's Great and Good

Margaret Fairlie was born in 1891 at a farm on the outskirts of Arbroath. Her studies started in 1910 when she enrolled to at the Conjoint Medical School at University College, Dundee. Following her graduation in 1915, Dr Fairlie held various junior posts in Dundee, Perth, Manchester and Edinburgh. She returned to Dundee in 1919 to run a consultant practice for gynaecology, started teaching at the Medical School in the following year and joined the staff at Dundee Royal Infirmary. She also served as a visiting Gynaecologist throughout Angus and Perthshire. Known affectionately as ‘Madam’ by co...

R D Low, Celebrating Dundee's Great and Good

Born in Dundee in 1895, Robert Duncan Low’s career started with the publishing house of D C Thomson, Dundee. During this time he launched the story papers Adventure 1921; The Rover 1922; The Wizard 1923; The Skipper 1930 and The Hotspur 1933. Story papers featuring illustrations and text were marketed at children and teenagers and highly popular before the outbreak of the Second World War. In collaboration with comic artist Dudley D Watkins, with Low as writer, the duo created a comic supplement for The Sunday Post - The Fun Section in 1936. This is where the mischievous Oor Wullie and the lovable ch...