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Abertay Historical Society

Abertay Historical Society was founded in 1947 and promotes interest in history, particularly the history of Angus, Fife and Perthshire.

The Society organises public lectures in the Abertay area on a variety of historical topics, as well as a variety of special events including workshops, guided tours and conferences. We also support the work of other local heritage organisations and invite you to join our Facebook group

You can find out about our forthcoming programme of events in our calendar. Most of our lectures are held at the University of Dundee, but we also hold special events around the area - previous venues include St Andrews Museum, the Meffan Institute in Forfar, the Fergusson Gallery in Perth and the Auld Kirk in Tayport.

For those who cannot attend the lectures, it is the Society's publications which provide the greatest membership benefit. For many years the Society has published at least one book per year. These books are sent free to every member as soon as they are published. Remaining copies are then sold through booksellers and the Society to non-members. The small number remaining in print shows the popularity of these titles, and many of our out-of-print books now fetch high prices from second-hand book dealers.

2015 book launch

Images from the launch of Matthew Jarron's book "Independent & Individualist - Art in Dundee 1867-1924" at the University of Dundee, December 2015

The Abertay Historical Society is a registered Scottish charity, number SC008207

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What's on

Wed, May 10th 2017 @ 6:00pm
The Lost World of Rossie Priory: Pioneering Photography
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Apr 12th 2017 @ 6:30pm
Excavation of Early Medieval Longhouses at Lair, Glenshee
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Mar 8th 2017 @ 6:30pm
Women and the Whaling Trade
D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, Carnelley Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Feb 8th 2017 @ 2:15pm
Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow: The Story of the University of Dundee
D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Feb 1st 2017 @ 6:30pm
The Poetic Landscape of Victorian Dundee
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Dec 14th 2016 @ 6:30pm
Surviving Dundee: Professional Lives in a Scottish Town, c.1750-1950
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Nov 9th 2016 @ 6:30pm
Dundee in the Great War: three short talks
Lecture Theatre 1, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Oct 12th 2016 @ 6:30pm
Henry Taylor Wyse (1870-1951): Teacher, Artist, Craftsman
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee