Public engagement project

Big Back Garden archives project

The iconic Baxter Park in Dundee is the focus of this project which explores its history and how people enjoy it today.

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Start date

January 2019

Pupils from Morgan Academy were introduced to archives, discovering the Park’s 160-year history and how it can represent the changes and development of Dundee and the wider world. Their research helped create stories of the Park and the people who used it, which were recorded and are accessible via QR codes fixed to benches across the Park.

The project continues, with memories of the Park being recorded by the Archive and Dr Susan Mains from University of Dundee's Geography department and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD)’s Christine Kingsley working with data, stories and art to explore how the Park is used today and its potential impact on health and well-being.

Everyone is welcome to take part through contributions to the Big Back Garden website.

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