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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.

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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, May 14th 2014 @ 6:00pm
Annual General Meeting / Dundee Greyfriars – from Orchard to Appian Way
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Apr 9th 2014 @ 6:30pm
Scottish Emigration to Colonial America 1707-1785
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Mar 12th 2014 @ 6:30pm
Celtic Sculpture Courts in Dundee, Glasgow and Aberdeen 1901-1911
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Feb 12th 2014 @ 2:15pm
The Gift of God: An Environmental History of Dundee from the 12th to 17th centuries
D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Feb 5th 2014 @ 6:30pm
Bishops, Bridges, and Bust-ups – Relations between the city of St Andrews and the surrounding area, c. 1400-1560
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Dec 11th 2013 @ 6:30pm
The Girl in the Green Felt Hat - Strike Activity and the Lochee Mill Girls 1911-1912
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Wed, Nov 13th 2013 @ 6:30pm
Ancestors in the Arctic – Whaling Images from the collection of Dundee Art Galleries & Museums
Lecture Theatre 2, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Tue, Oct 22nd 2013 @ 6:30pm
Introducing Fergus and Meg
Perth Museum & Art Gallery