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 The sources used in the exercise include four maps of Dundee, an unpublished history, and extracts from a Dundee Directory.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...

Mono 68: Special events

Mono 68: One city, One month, One cameraPhotographs by Phil Thomson, Dundee, November 1968 Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, University of Dundee Friday 6 March at 6pm Photography and MemoryA series of short talks followed by a discussion exploring the role of photography in capturing Dundee and other cities, and how our memories and our ideas about architecture are shaped by photographic images. The event will start in the Lamb Gallery with an introduction by Caroline Brown (Deputy Archivist at the University of Dundee). We will then move into Baxter Suite Room 1.36 for four presentations: Journalist and auth...

Joseph Lee at the Pitlochry Winter Words Festival

Deputy Archivist Caroline Brown spoke about war poet and artist Joseph Lee at the Pitlochry Winter Words Festival last Sunday.   Caroline has edited, with Matthew Jarron, a new edition of Lee’s poetry written in the trenches of the First World War and illustrated with sketches by Lee. Ranked alongside Owen, Brooke and Sassoon, Joseph Lee was once regarded as one of Scotland's finest First World War poets. During the conflict his works were well known in Britain and around the world. Since then his powerfully evocative poems have become sadly neglected. This anthology of some of the best of his v...