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.


Our latest publication! Julie Danskin's book A City at War was launched at Dundee Central Library on 25 September (the anniversary of the Battle of Loos) as part of an open day to initiate the Great War Dundee partnership.

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

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What's on

Wed, Apr 8th 2015 @ 6:30pm
Some Scottish Oddities
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Mar 11th 2015 @ 6:30pm
A History of Dundee United Football Club: 1909 - present
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Feb 11th 2015 @ 2:15pm
Local heroes? The Kirk and the struggle for hearts and minds in Angus during the Jacobite risings
D'Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Feb 4th 2015 @ 6:30pm
The Trades and Provisioning
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Dec 10th 2014 @ 6:30pm
A snapshot of new History research from the University of Dundee
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Nov 12th 2014 @ 6:30pm
A local abbey's attitude to its charters: the cartulary of Lindores in Caprington Castle
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Tue, Oct 21st 2014 @ 6:00pm
“Mad Dundee", 1900-1920: understanding changing attitudes to mental illness
Gannochy Lecture Theatre, Medical School, Ninewells Hospital

Wed, Oct 15th 2014 @ 6:30pm
The Archaeology of World War One
Lecture Theatre 3, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee