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About Us

The Abertay Historical Society was founded at a meeting in University College, Dundee on 29 May, 1947 by the Principal, Major-General D.N. Wimberley and History Lecturer, Dr Wainwright. It was formed to encourage the study of local history in Angus, Perthshire and Fife. The Society and the University have maintained close links, many members and office-holders have been University staff and many publications are authored by University post-graduates. We continue to offer a prize annually for the student dissertation which makes the greatest contribution to local history.

The Society's original remit has been implemented through talks and lectures, excursions and annual publications, and with other agencies, we have also lobbied for the preservation of local historical buildings. We were instrumental in the creation of Dundee Heritage Trust and Dundee Civic Trust. The Society also takes part in the Dundee Afternoon Lectures series, which is run jointly by the Dundee Centre of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, the Dundee Members' Group of the National Trust for Scotland, the Dundee Naturalists' Society and the Abertay Historical Society.

The Society’s programme of lectures covers topics as diverse as ancient and modern archaeology, social, industrial and political history, gender and recreational history, literature, biography and music. Events have included visits and workshops at museums and archives as well as concerts and book launches.

The Society strongly maintains its interest in promoting research about the Abertay area, so let us know if you've undertaken any local historical research or are considering doing so.

 
 

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