Mary Lily Walker, Celebrating Dundee's Great and Good

Mary Lily Walker was born in Dundee and was a student at University College where she studied Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Latin. An excellent student, her focus was to shift from academia as she became more aware of the plight of the poor within the local community. Ignited by the desire to better understand the causes and consequences of poverty, Walker spent time in London working under Octavia Hill. Hill had published a book on the houses of the London poor in the 1880s. Walker also spent time with The Grey Ladies, whose settlement inspired her to set up one in her home city. So on her return to Dunde...

Michael Peto photographs: politics in focus

The Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh is hosting the new Michael Peto photographic exhibition 'Politics in Focus'. Peto's powerful black and white photographs provide a dramatic portrait of world leaders, British politicians and political activists of the 1950s and 60s - a period of Cold War tension, emerging democracies and cultural and social change in the UK. This free exhibition runs for a month from 22 July. Michael Peto was one of the leading photojournalists of his generation; he travelled across Europe and Asia photographing social issues, political figures and performers from the arts. For over twe...

James F Riley, Celebrating Dundee's Great and Good

James F Riley is to be honoured in a bronze plaque at the City’s Discovery Walk later this year. Here we look at Dr Riley’s connection to the University and touch upon the impact his research into the mast cell continues to have on society today. James F Riley was born in Yorkshire in 1912. He came to Scotland to study medicine at Edinburgh University, graduating with honours in 1935. During the Second World War he was an assistant surgeon in the Scottish Emergency Medical Service then served as a Surgical Specialist commanding a mobile surgical unit in the Far East. Having developed an interes...

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...