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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.

2014 book launch

Professor Chris Whatley speaking at the launch of Catherine Rice's book "All their Good Friends and Neighbours" at Montrose Museum, November 2014

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

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What's on

Wed, Apr 13th 2016 @ 6:30pm
The Mason's Mark Project
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Mar 9th 2016 @ 6:30pm
‘In rood health’ - Excavations at Perth Whitefriars 2014-15
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Feb 10th 2016 @ 2:15pm
Dundee Afternoon Lecture: ‘Independent and Individualist’ – Art in Dundee 1867-1924
D'Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Feb 3rd 2016 @ 6:30pm
Fashioning an Identity on the Fairways: A history of golfing dress
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Dec 9th 2015 @ 6:30pm
Pioneer and Prophet: The Forgotten History of James Wright Junior, Dundee's First Industrial Designer
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Nov 11th 2015 @ 6:30pm
Patrick Geddes: Cities in Evolution
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Oct 14th 2015 @ 6:30pm
Dundee and the Empire from the 1880s to the 1930s
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Sep 9th 2015 @ 6:30pm
From Rubbings to Lasers: 150 years of documentation and research into the Wemyss Caves carvings
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee